In response to the recent and tragic losses of a beloved Danvers High School Teacher Colleen Ritzer, killed by a 14yo, boy currently in custody; the stabbing death of Derrick Gaines, 25yo, found on High St., Haverhill last week, and the rising concern of gun violence shown when police were called to Layfayette Square after receiving reports of shots fired into a plaza located in the area which caused local schools to go into lockdown.
Please attend the candle light vigil at G.A.R. Park this Sunday, October 27th beginning at 7pm. This opportunity to come together is an event supporting those impacted and concerned by the violence in the city of Haverhill and Danvers, MA; a place to begin the healing process; and, a witness of the need for peace within our nation.
The increasing documented suicides of young children and teens, and the senseless mass killings across the country is much more than a simple cry for help. Individuals, families, neighbors and communities must find a way to work together to heal those who would look to violence in any form, as an answer.
The rise of violence has been an ongoing concern for the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. After the slaying of 19yo, Jorge Fuentes, of Boston murdered while out walking his dog, parish members, clergy and volunteers came together last month at a “Be Peace for Jorge” event.
Their lead speaker having consoled parents, and families of the Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary School during the mass shooting informed the Boston audience of the overwhelming binding together, the care, support and unselfish giving of time and concern for those directly affected by this senseless loss, began immediately and continues on in strength today.
Continuing to grow in creative outreach projects, redefining its community as a safe, supportive and vibrant one of unity Connecticut families and their neighbors are now standing together. Had this show of peace and support been available BEFORE such tragedies took place? Now is a time to consider alternatives for our own neighborhoods and families we work, school and live beside in and around the Boston area. All are invited to attend the Peace and Candlelight vigil in Haverhill this Sunday.
An Action day to prevent gun violence is also slated for those who wish to attend at Boston’s State House this November 6th, a Wednesday mid-morning: 10:30a.m. til shortly after noon, a press event and lobbying group of concerned citizens are attending and will be on the second floor grand staircase speaking to the policy makers of the region, sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
Here is an opportunity for people of all walks of life, every socio-economic status, young and old, no matter what denomination or belief to help those who make our policies become a better informed representative of the people. Voicing what you are concerned with regarding background checks, licensing of guns and a workable way to collect data for high risk crime areas where gun violence is on the up rise in a non-formal setting one on one with a members of the state's legislature.
Consider these three demonstrations as a beginning, pass on these events to those whom you hear expressing remorse and concern for the recent deaths and violence on our city streets, and be a part of the solution in our nation's future.