Councilor Linehan speaks to his neighbors regarding recent violent incidents in South Boston.
First, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Amy Lord. My heart goes out to the parents, and love ones. My own daughters of the same age walk these regularly safe streets, my deepest sympathies to all. My thoughts and prayers are also with the two other women who were violently attacked in the 19 hours of viciousness.
Evil strikes communities without warning and sometimes with no root cause other than evil itself. Three young women were the target of horrible violence in our community; the victims were unconnected and random. When this occurs we all must take responsibility for each other. The people of South Boston must stand together. We must create new lines of communication so we can look out for the new as well as the not so new residents of our community. Women in particular must be cautious of their surroundings, use this present sense of fear to create better discipline when out and about. Men need to look out for potential trouble, especially other men who would harm or exploit women. I am personally concerned and horrified that these attacks occurred and threaten our sense of well-being.
I have called on the Boston Police to increase deployment in the area and to pay special attention to communicate with women walking our streets. I have asked friends and family to go out into the neighborhood and interact with neighbors to demonstrate our commitment to look out for one another. I personally will be out and about this weekend. If you see me, or any of my people please say hello. Southie has always looked out for one another; it is time we demonstrate this completely. A meeting is scheduled between U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins and I tomorrow to discuss further action and the collective monitoring of public safety efforts moving forward.
Please report any information you may about the incidents and any suspicious behavior to the police by calling 911. If anyone feels they have information and would like to leave it in confidence please call my office 617-635-3203 and we will forward the information to police.
Please forward this to your friends and neighbors in South Boston.