BOSTON (CBS) — The rain couldn’t stop the hundreds of people who took part in the annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.
They rallied with umbrellas in hand, marching nearly seven miles from Town Field in Dorchester to City Hall. The walk supports families of murdered children and calls for the creation of more peaceful communities.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh walked in the event, and so did Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren.
“We have three kids, we love ’em to death, and we couldn’t imagine what life would be like if we lost one,” Gov. Baker said. “For those who are here who lost somebody, or are here supporting someone who lost somebody, God bless you and thank you for being here today.”
Deborah Morris lost several family members to violence, including her three-year-old grandson, Kanai White, just last year.
“This grandmother here loved her grandbaby,” Morris said. “Not only did I lose my grandson, I lost my granddaughter and I lost my son, and it hurts to the core of my heart.”
Sunday’s walk took place after a violent weekend in Boston.
Midday on Saturday, two men were shot in Roxbury. Both were transported to the hospital in serious condition, said officials.
In Dorchester, police confirmed that a man died as a result of a shooting late Saturday night as well.
Linda Welsh lives on Nottingham Street, where the man was killed.
“I’ve seen him, he has always been really respectful,” she recalled. “But just to see his body, laying there for hours, you know — it’s hard.”
She added, “We definitely are living in an area where there’s [constantly] things going on, whether it be a shooting or not.”
Police have not made any arrests in either incident.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports