A Witness Against Gun Violence and Inequality

Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor (Lev. 19:16).  

In July of 2013, and with approval of our Executive Council, First Church created a simple landscape installation on our front lawn to bear witness against the rising tide of gun violence in our cities and across our country.  Small flags have been placed to mark and track the number of gun related deaths and shootings in the Boston area.  We hope this effort will raise awareness and invite prayerful reflection on the recurrent tragic loss of life in our city and across the nation.  

2017 Shootings and Deaths

Number of people wounded by gun violence in the Boston area in 2017: 101
Number of people killed by gun violence in the Boston area in 2017: 16
Updated as of July 1, 2017

Unknown, June 26, 2017

Javoni Boyd, June 13, 2017, Age 19

Unknown, June 12, 2017

Mark Edwards, May 13, 2017, Age 22

Antwan Stevenson, May 5, 2017, Age 25

Dennis Levy, April 27, 2017

 Unknown, April 23, 2017

 Yanuel Viloria, April 21, Age 17 

 Joey Debarros, April 13, Age 25

 Justin Depina, February 21, Age 19

 Brianna Hardy, February 4, Age 22

 Shawn Peete, January 30, Age 45

 Jovani Devon Jeudy, Jan. 21,  age unknown   

 Khisean Desvarieux, Jan. 9, Age 19

2016 Shootings and Deaths

Number of people wounded by gun violence in the Boston area in 2016: 192
 Number of people killed by gun violence in the Boston area in 2016: 37
Daquon Brown, December 3, Age 23
 Leonard Dantly, November 12, Age 28

Anthony Toombs Jr., November 5, Age 24

Nathaniel Riverrs, November 5, Age 29

Bennie Timothee, October 29,  Age 36

Kirk Figueroa, October 12,  Age 33

James Claremont, October 23, Age 24

Carlos Lind, October 7th,  Age 19

Jesse Dieusinor, October 6th, Age 20

Nigel Hailey, September 27, Age 42

Jonathan Cardoso, September 20, Age 21

Phillip Woods, September 17, Age 23

Roland Singleton, September 7, Age 21

Jeffrey Kelly, August 27, Age 28

Stravensky Odige, August 27, Age 24

Alton Goncalves, August 20, Age 35

 

Gage Lucas Smith, August 17, Age 23

Carlos Fortes Neves-Silva, August 12, 34

Brandon Smith, July 7, Age 28

Anthony Clay, June 25, Age 49

Jermaine Goode, June 24, Age 42

Andrew Flonory III, June 18, Age 31

Marcus Hall, June 14, Age 31

Raekwon Brown, June 8, Age 17

Ronnie Headley, Jr., June 4, Age 33

David Stewart, May 19, Age 22

Chaz Burton, March 27, Age  26

Luigi Epiphania, March 22, Age 32

Allex Bryant, March 22, Age  28

Armando Hernandez , March 22,  30

Deon, Hopkins, February 21, Age 15

Peter Fanfan, February 12, Age 29

Marquis Waithe, February 4, Age 22

Kenai Whyte, February 2, Age 3

Alvin Sealey Jr, January 27, Age 19

Eden Jacquet, January 13, Age 30

Christofer Perez- De La Cruz, January 10, Age 16

 

2015 Deaths

 
Number of people wounded by gun violence in the Boston area in 2015: 208 
Number of people killed by gun violence in the Boston area in 2015: 35

Joshua Morales
Killed in Boston
December 29, 2015
Age 18
D'andre King-Settles
Killed in Boston
December 18, 2015
Age 17
Eric Durham
Killed in Dorchester
December 9, 2015
Age 27
Wellington Ruiz
Killed in Boston
December 9, 2015
Age 25
Maurice Scott
Killed in Boston
December 5, 2015
Age 38
Jephthe Chery
 Killed in Boston
 November 26, 2015
 Age 30
 
Bryan Santos 
 Killed in Boston
 November 20, 2015
 Age 24
 
Dominic Owens 
Killed in Boston
 November 3, 2015 
 Age 21

Clive Francis
Killed in Boston
October 24, 2015
Age 49

Jeff Randall
Killed in Hyde Park
September 30, 2015
Age 30

Zachary Pinnick
Killed in Boston
September 10, 2015
Age 32

Rasaun Nichols  
Killed in Cambridge  
August 12, 2015 
Age 31   

Ashlee Berryman
Killed in Everett
 August 12, 2015   
Age 21    

Darwin Wilson Adilas 
Killed in Mattapan  
August 12, 2015 
Age 21    

Angel Oller 
 Killed in Roxbury
 August 12, 2015 
Age 20  

Andrew Reed 
Killed in Boston
 August 12, 2015 
 Age 28   
  
Grisel Sanchez
Killed in Boston  
July 28, 2015 
Age 31 
  
Jason Francisco Castillo
Killed in Roslindale  
July 20, 2015 
Age Unknown    
    
Jean C. Louis 
Killed in Boston 
July 11, 2015 
Age 20  
Yuzhei Lei
Killed in Boston
July 10, 2015
Age 72

Ryan Alexander
Killed in Boston  
July 4, 2015  
Age 26  

Raheem Ramirez
Killed in Boston
July 2, 2015 
Age 22

Jonathan Dos Santos
Killed in Boston
June 10, 2015
Age 16

Usaama Rahim
Killed in Boston
June 2, 2015
Age 26

Larry Moore
Killed in Boston
May 23, 2015
Age 27

Nevin King
Killed in Boston
May 7, 2015
Age 24

Jeromie Johnson
Killed in Boston
Shot on April 8, 2015
Age 24

Richard Long,
Killed in Dorchester
Shot on 3/31/15
Age 37

Willie Williams
Killed in Hyde Park
Shot on 3/15/15
Age 21

Luis Ramos
Killed in Boston
Shot on 314/15
Age 40

Kenny Lamour
Killed in Hyde Park
Shot on 2/11/15
Age 21

Michael Davidson
Killed in Boston
Shot on 1/20/15
Age 44

Alex DoSouta
Killed in Boston
Shot on 1/8/15
Age 24

2014 Deaths

Number of people wounded by gun violence in the Boston area in 2014: 213.   Number of people killed by gun violence in the Boston area in 2014: 39


William Davis, Jr.
Killed in Boston
Shot on 12/17/14
Age 20

Audilia DaViega
Killed in Boston
Shot on 11/8/14
Age 33

Ryan Morrissey
Killed in Boston
Shot on 11/5/14
Age 17

Darison Pujols
Killed in Boston
Shot on 11/4/14
Age 23

Shervonne Tucker
Killed in Boston
Shot on 11/1/14
Age Unknown
Juan Nunez
Killed in Boston
Shot on 9/31/14
Age 22

Raheem Robertson
Killed in Boston
Shot on 9/29/14
Age 21

Shonghi Fernandez
Killed in Boston
Shot on 8/31/14
Age 24

Dawnn Jaffier
Killed in Dorchester
Shot on 8/23/14
Age 26

Antoine Marques Dingle Knight
Killed in Boston
Shot on 8/11/14
Age 27

Niko E. Nunez
Killed in Boston
Shot on 7/19/14
Age 20

Kensley David
Killed in Cambridge
Shot on 7/3/14
Age 21

Corey Ragland
Killed in Mattapan
Shot on 6/30/14
Age 36

Walter Cook
Killed in East Boston
Shot on 6/29/14
Age 38

Unknown
Killed in Jamaica Plain
Shot on 6/22/14
Age 28

Craig Marriro
 Killing in Boston
Shot on 6/8/14
Age 48

Michael DePina
Killed in Dorchester
Shot on 6/6/14
Age 29

Shannon Richardson
Killed in Dorchester
Shot on 5/21/14
Age Unknown

Dominique Boveill
Killed in Roxbury
Shot on 5/18/14
Age 20

Gilson R. Semedo
Killed in Dorchester
Shot on 5/8/2014
Age 28

Daniel J. Skeens
Killed in Mattapan
Shot on 5/2/14
Age 31

James Mason
Killed in Roxbury
Shot on 4/14/14
Age 45

Joel Leon
Killed in South Boston
Shot on 4/9/14
Age 19

Jose Maldonado
Killed in Mission Hill
Shot on 3/31/14
Age 44

Christopher Borgella
Killed in Boston
Shot on 3/1/14
Age 23

Tyler Zanko
Killed in Waltham, MA
Shot on 3/20/14
Age: 17

Christopher Borgella
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 3//1/14
Age 23

Daniel Paul Taylor
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 2/23/14
Age 23

Kennteh Rowell, Jr.
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 2/20/14
Age 25

Jan Marcos Pena
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 2/7/14
Age 9

Clarence McGregor
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/27/14
Age 25

Teasia Montgomery
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/27/14
Age 28

Julian Printemps
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/26/14
Age 22

Trevian Keene
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/24/14
Age 22

Luis Arroyo
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/18/14
Age 21
Jordan Chinapoo
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/15/14
Age 20

Ricky Knight

Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/14/14
Age Unknown

Brandon John
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/9/14
Age 18
Samuel Constant

Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/9/14
Age 19


2013 Deaths  




Number of people wounded by gun violence in the Boston area in 2013: 212.  

Number of people killed by gun violence in the Boston area in 2013: 44.

Name Unknown

Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 12/25/2013
Age Unkown

Romeo McCubbin
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 12/14/2013
Age: 25

Darryl Dookhran
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 12/7/2013
Age: 20

Andrew McGee
Killed in Dorchester, MA
Shot on 11/23/2013
Age: 21

Jose Lopez
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 10/17/2013
Age: 24

Leroy Carvalho
Killed in Dorchester, MA
Shot on 10/2/2013
Age: 31

Nelson Castillo
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 9/14/2013
Age: 25

Unknown
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 9/7/2013
Age: Unkown

Walter White
Killed in Mattapan, MA
Shot on 9/5/2013
Age: 19

Ahmir Ariel Lee
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 8/22/2013
Age: 22

Roudy Hendricks
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 8/7/2013
Age 21

Joseph Morante
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 7/31/2103
Age 19

Perris Haynes
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 7/20/2013
Age 29

Melissa Hardy
Killed in South Boston, MA
Shot on 6/26/2013
Age 33

Ana Cruz
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 6/22/2013
Age 22

Brian Tirado
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 6/22/2013
Age 23

Felix Garcia
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 6/22/2013
Age 22

Eric Pierre Louis
Killed in Mattapan, MA
Shot on 6/15/2013
Age 28

Wilfredo Justiniano, Jr
Killed in Quincy, MA
Shot on 6/14/2013
Age 41

Jajuan Griffin
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 6/12/2013
Age 27 

Kenneth Connely
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 6/12/2013
Age 53

Jordan Miller
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 6/5/2013
Age 20

Ross Batista
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 6/2/2013
Age 38

Brianna Bigby
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 6/1/2013
Age 23

Lloyd Powell
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 5/27/2013
Age 23

Karima El-Hakim
Killed in Chelsea, MA
Shot on 5/13/2013
Age 38

Zouaoui Dani-Elkebir
Killed in Chelsea, MA
Shot on 5/13/2013
Age 51

Stephen Jones
Killed in Charlestown, MA
Shot on 5/7/2013
Age 21

Misbam Wiggins
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 5/3/2013
Age: 23

Tremayne Jackson
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 5/3/2013
Age: 22

Maiqui Hernandez
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 5/3/2013
Age: 35

Malcolm Campbell
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 4/28/2013
Age: 23

Joel D Phillips
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 4/20/2013
Age: 25

Name Unknown
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 4/20/2013
Age unknwon

Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Killed in Watertown, MA
Shot on 4/19/13
Age 26

Sean Collier
Killed in Cambridge, MA
Shot on 4/18/13
Age 26

Clifton E. Townsend
Killed in Roxbury, MA
Shot on 4/17/2013
Age 22

Edward Villalona
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 3/31/13
Age 26

Thaddeus Clark
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 3/9/2013
Age 19

Elder Morales
Killed in Chelsea, MA
Shot on 3/5/13
Age 21

Courtney Jackson
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 2/28/2013
Age 26

Rayshawn Lamont Few
Killed in Mattapan, MA
Shot on 2/17/2013
Age 27

Carly Jones
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/29/2013
Age 32

Jonathan Reyes
Killed in Boston, MA
Shot on 1/7/2013
Age 18

Our numbers are approximate and will be updated monthly.  The figures are based on data provided by the Boston and Cambridge Police Departments and found at www.Slate.com  which partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since the Newtown Shootings on December 14.  Note: this data does not include gun-related suicides which account for over half of the 30,000 gun related deaths each year in our country.  Another data source is www.bostonglobe.com.  More information on how you can get involved local gun violence prevention efforts is available below. 


GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION WORK

In addition to our installation, First Church is active in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) which recently joined the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.  First Church members and others from GBIO and the Coalition are showing support for common sense laws to ensure greater safety in firearms sales and distribution. For more information, contact Dan Smith, Ann McCann (ann.mccann44@gmail.com) or Alice Kidder (flintkiddr@aol.com). 

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