Cease-fire a long shot; activists still hopeful

<p>About two weeks ago, Boston and Transit police and community members stood with the Rev. Jeffrey Brown and called for a temporary cease-fire to quell a spate of violence that in a short time took the lives of two 14-year-olds.</p>

 

About two weeks ago, Boston and Transit police and community members stood with the Rev. Jeffrey Brown and called for a temporary cease-fire to quell a spate of violence that in a short time took the lives of two 14-year-olds.

 

The two-week cease-fire ended Friday and while the number of non-fatal shootings and stabbings climbed, activists said they would not discontinue their efforts for a summer of peace.

 

“It took us a long time to get into this situation and we realize it’s not going to [end] in a two-week period,” said Brown. “But, what I think has started is that people have realized they need to be actively involved in the peace.”

 

The July Fourth weekend was the bloodiest during the two-week period — when 10 shootings and stabbings occurred, and two people were gunned down and killed.


Community members, clergy and police said before the cease-fire that their peace plan included community walks and a pro-peace advertising campaign. Those will continue the rest of the summer, Brown said.

 
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