BOSTON (CBS) – A crowd of officers and East Boston residents marched as one wearing blue Friday night.
“Show support for the men and women protecting us every day,” said resident Anthony Petruccelli. The family lives on Gladstone Street feet away from the firefight that sent two officers to the hospital. “I went outside and realized something pretty big was going on,” said Petruccelli.
The walk Friday night was to help everyone move on from Wednesday night.
One woman who lives door to the violence also grew up with Officer Richard Cintolo. He and Officer Matt Morris responded to a domestic violence call at a Gladstone Street home; two roommates were fighting.
They said Kirk Figueroa wearing a ballistic vest and armed with an assault rifle opened fire. He shot two officers before a shoot-out killed him. Investigators carried bags of evidence from the home Friday as they worked to figure out a motive.
“I think sort of have a dual personality,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. “One minute he’s pro-cop wants to be a cop, constable and then there’s stuff that points in the other direction. He seems to be a real mixed-up guy.”
Captain McCormick of the East Boston precinct walked out front leading the community who showed they are behind their officers.
“It was the least I could do, my brother was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty,” said resident Tom Cabral. “They lay their lives on their line all the time and they don’t get credit.”
They finished with a prayer for Officers Cintolo and Morris at the famous East Boston Madonna Statue that happens to overlook the house where unthinkable violence unfolded.
Both officers underwent more surgery Friday. They are in stable, but critical condition.