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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


35 New Names To Be Added to Massachusetts Homicide Victim Memorial On Thursday


BOSTON – In a ceremony to be held on Thursday, hundreds of family members and friends of homicide victims will join together for a ceremony as 35 new names will be added to the memorial. With tomorrow’s dedication, there will now be nearly 700 victims of homicide with individual stones in the Garden.

The Annual Honor Program will be held on Thursday, September 16, at 5:30PM at the Garden of Peace. These homicide victims range in age from 18 to 71.

“The dedication of the stones for the victims of homicide is a way to honor those who have tragically lost their lives,” Garden Chair Toni Troop said. “It is also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the impact violence has in our communities across the Commonwealth.”

Offering keynote remarks will be Teresa Harvey-Jackson, Principal of the Marshall Elementary School in Boston. Her school has created its own homicide memorial and implemented anti-violence programs for its students. Two other speakers will share the personal stories of loved ones that they have lost: Alvin Notice (daughter Tiana Angelique Notice) and Christine Colwell (mother of Andrew Colwell).

The readers will include: Jane Maki, mother of Chris Maki; Martha Coakley, Attorney General of the Commonwealth; Christopher Gauthier, son of Paul Gauthier; Teresa Harvey-Jackson, Principal of Marshall Elementary School; John Nucci, Vice President of External Affairs at Suffolk University; Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large; and Evelyn Tobin, mother of Kathleen Dempsey.

Among the stones to be dedicated include:

·         Ed Schiller

·         Warren Daniel Hairston

·         Alaxandra Gomes

·         Troy Courtney West

·         James Madonna

·         Jeffrey Phillips

·         Barbara Jean Scolaro

·         Erika Thibeault

·         Johnny Davis

·         Mark Pfeil

·         Geraldo Serrano

·         Kenneth Countie

·         Julissa Brisman

·         Elizabeth Spence Cann

·         Justin Cosby

·         Keri Sherlock

·         Jamayna Jones

·         Kelly Hancock

·         Derek Tracey

·         Angela Clayton

·         Shane Browing

The Garden is located on the upper plaza between the McCormack state office building and 100 Cambridge Street.  Since its dedication in 2004, the Garden of Peace has held an annual honor program to honor all victims of homicide and to recognize the new names added to the Garden each year.  For more information about the history of the Garden,   

           To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact the Garden's Publicity Chair Corey Welford at [email protected].


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