Toddler, 3 others slain in Mattapan; officials vow arrests

Sep 29, 2010 Full story: Boston Globe 9

This story was reported by Peter Schworm, Travis Andersen, Maria Cramer, John Guilfoil, Meghan Irons, Brian McGrory, Andrew Ryan, and Milton J. Valencia of the Globe staff and written by Schworm.

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Chris

United States

#1 Sep 29, 2010
For years I have watched our community grow out of control. So many of our young people are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, dispair, hate and violence. We must respond!

Lets count the churches within a five block radius of this brutal scene that left a "Baby" gasping for life. Where are you church leaders.... where are you community?

Today Im sad for the people that I love so much.... Dorchester, lets stop this madness.

My prayers go out to the families of those hurt in this senseless crime and my prayers also go out to the ones that have to live with commiting this crime. There can be no rest after commiting such a senseless act against a 2 year old!
Surprise

Boston, MA

#2 Sep 29, 2010
Yes, this is horrific what has happened. Sadly, nothing will change until this communities values change..,

You are correct that this problem has been growing. Some people in this community think that they are owed a place to live. That they can have babies without fathers and YES I have seen this it is all okay.

They seem to feel the government will raise their kids...
Chris

United States

#3 Sep 29, 2010
Well, as far as I know it takes a father and a mother to create a child. And as far as being owed a place to live...isnt that what America is all about? Dont get me wrong, I think that we have to earn our way in this society. However, being a young black male that made it out of certain circumstances, for me, was not easy. Raised by a single mother, raised in Roxbury and Dorchester, with 2 siblings in a community that was less than friendly in an ere where "crack" became the an epidemic that was ignored until it reached Milton. I have come to know that things and people wont change until we stop "yelling" at them and start talking about them.
Also, this women died with her child in her arms...she wasnt looking for anything but help...help from her neighbors, help from the Church buildings large and small just 1 block from her, help getting her education, help from the government that has sworn to protect her from enemies foriegn and domestic!
Help from you.... yes you! You seem to know so much about the ills of "this" community...what are you doing to change it? Are you educating young people on safe sex? Are you advocating for parenting classes for young men and women? Are you teaching "us" how to get a better education or are you simply judging us for not having one? As for me...Ive dedicated my life to educating, encouraging, and assisiting young people to live better lives!
Surprise

Boston, MA

#4 Sep 29, 2010
Great point...yes, these comments come off harsh....

I do not know if these victims were looking for education...classs ect..I would guess not. You, are proof that only you can pull yourself up. Not me or my community..and yes we are all in the same community but how am I supposed to feel obligated to help when 1. I am disconnected from these atrocious acts 2. I do not even visit were these incidents happen AND hopefully the peole who are part of this do not visit where I am..see, the issue?
Tracy reardon

Boston, MA

#5 Sep 29, 2010
I just created a Facebook page to begin getting organized. I am a life long resident of Dorchester and this has gotten way out of control. We have to stop being afraid and speak out!
Please join, offer suggestions, meet with others who have the same concerns.

Stopping the Violence in Boston (search on Facebook)
unknown1

Lynn, MA

#6 Sep 29, 2010
Chris wrote:
Well, as far as I know it takes a father and a mother to create a child. And as far as being owed a place to live...isnt that what America is all about? Dont get me wrong, I think that we have to earn our way in this society. However, being a young black male that made it out of certain circumstances, for me, was not easy. Raised by a single mother, raised in Roxbury and Dorchester, with 2 siblings in a community that was less than friendly in an ere where "crack" became the an epidemic that was ignored until it reached Milton. I have come to know that things and people wont change until we stop "yelling" at them and start talking about them.
Also, this women died with her child in her arms...she wasnt looking for anything but help...help from her neighbors, help from the Church buildings large and small just 1 block from her, help getting her education, help from the government that has sworn to protect her from enemies foriegn and domestic!
Help from you.... yes you! You seem to know so much about the ills of "this" community...what are you doing to change it? Are you educating young people on safe sex? Are you advocating for parenting classes for young men and women? Are you teaching "us" how to get a better education or are you simply judging us for not having one? As for me...Ive dedicated my life to educating, encouraging, and assisiting young people to live better lives!
God helps those who help themsevles, Welfare is the worst thing that happened to the USA,it's only promoted lazy ass people to do nothing and wait on the hardworking taxes payers money.
unknown1

Lynn, MA

#7 Sep 29, 2010
unknown1 wrote:
<quoted text> God helps those who help themsevles, Welfare is the worst thing that happened to the USA,it's only promoted lazy ass people to do nothing and wait on the hardworking taxes payers money.
I'm a single mom, being mom and dad to my child; I resent when a man has to be ordered my the court to take care of his child and then he feels proud of doing something. Money isn't everything, where is your time spent with the child through all his or her changes!!!!!!!!!
Surprise

Boston, MA

#8 Sep 29, 2010
unknown1 wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm a single mom, being mom and dad to my child; I resent when a man has to be ordered my the court to take care of his child and then he feels proud of doing something. Money isn't everything, where is your time spent with the child through all his or her changes!!!!!!!!!
Great you are taking care of your child..
See, here is a question...of course u do not need to answer...
1. Were u married before having the child?
2. Are u on public assistance?
3. Do u live in a crime riddled neighborhood and in fear?
NottinWillHappen

Boston, MA

#9 Sep 29, 2010
All Police fault ...they don't walk around enough...

This is white mans fault....holding us down all this time....

This is governments fault for providing free housing and food for all my babies I have...

This is the governments fault for giving us a chance will loans we could not afford..giving us the opportunity to own homes vs renting inRoxburu/South end....

Rev Rivers u are right...but good luck getting our people to follow u. We are not snitching..we hate da police...

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