WINTHROP (CBS) – Some neighbors in Winthrop said they felt numb, while others told grief counselors who went door-to-door Tuesday that they didn’t know how to feel as the community mourns the shooting death of two of their own.
After a weekend of violence, comfort and healing is much needed in the town of Winthrop.READ MORE: Woman Killed In Shooting Near Roslindale Pharmacy
“A good amount of the neighbors was very close to some of the victims, so the personal relationship on top of this also happening in their neighborhood is what we’re trying to target,” said Meredith Hurley, director of Winthrop’s Department of Public Health.
As disbelief turned to grief, Hurley, along with counselors and police officers, canvassed the areas of Cross and Shirley streets – making sure neighbors who witnessed the chaos Saturday know help is available.
“It’s important to show up and get people to know who you are. To see the face at the department, to see the face of the person behind the phone,” said Winthrop Police Sgt. Sarko Gergerian. “And that takes effort, and when you show effort to somebody, that sets the stage for trust.”
A makeshift memorial is growing for the two victims.READ MORE: Are Masks Back In Massachusetts? Officials Weigh A Mandate Following CDC Guidance
Retired Massachusetts State Trooper David Green and Air Force Staff Sgt. Ramona Cooper were both gunned down Saturday. Investigators believe the suspect, 28-year-old Nathan Allen, possibly targeted them because they were black.
“To see something like that happen in Winthrop, it was baffling,” said a man from Malden, who came out to the memorial.
“It’s terrible. Memorials like that – that’s how it has to be; hopefully, it brings people closer,” said Scott Bowermaster of Revere.
Paula Nolan lives steps from the crash site and told WBZ-TV that the flowers, signs and door knocks of concern make all the difference.
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The town of Winthrop will host walk-in hours Wednesday at the Senior Center for anyone who needs to talk. A candlelight vigil is planned in Winthrop on Thursday at 7 p.m.