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'Never Forget': Mother's Day Walk For Peace Honors Victims Of Violence

“Never Forget” Steven P. Odom, who was shot dead near his Dorchester home at age 13 in 2007. (Greg Cook)

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BOSTON — Thousands marched down a rainy Dorchester Avenue in this morning’s 17th annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, many of them families remembering loved ones murdered in Boston and calling for an end to gun violence in the city. Beginning and ending at Town Field Park in Boston’s Fields Corner neighborhood, they carried signs and wore T-shirts honoring the dead. The event benefits the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which provides support to survivors of homicide victims as well being involved in education and policy advocacy efforts.

A woman wearing a shirt remembering Cape Verdean victims, including 3-year-old Malik Andrade Percival, who was fatally shot in Dorchester in 2002, waves a flag calling for “Forgiveness / Peace / Justice.” (Greg Cook)

A woman wearing a shirt remembering Cape Verdean victims, including 3-year-old Malik Andrade Percival, who was fatally shot in Dorchester in 2002, waves a flag calling for “Forgiveness / Peace / Justice.” (Greg Cook)

Remembering “Anita: The Woman with the Golden Heart.” (Greg Cook)

Remembering “Anita: The Woman with the Golden Heart.” (Greg Cook)

“In Loving Memory” of Kelvin Rowell, a 40-year-old who suffered an asthma attack while fleeing shots in Roxbury on Jan. 23, 2012. He fell into a coma for a month and never woke up, dying on March 5. (Greg Cook)

“In Loving Memory” of Kelvin Rowell, a 40-year-old who suffered an asthma attack while fleeing shots in Roxbury on Jan. 23, 2012. He fell into a coma for a month and never woke up, dying on March 5. (Greg Cook)

“Never to be forgotten,” “Clyde” Claude Lee Jones, who died at age 20 in 2003. (Greg Cook)

“Never to be forgotten,” “Clyde” Claude Lee Jones, who died at age 20 in 2003. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Cedirick T. Steele, a Bunker Hill Community College honor student who was shot dead in Roxbury at age 18 in 2007. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Cedirick T. Steele, a Bunker Hill Community College honor student who was shot dead in Roxbury at age 18 in 2007. (Greg Cook)

“Love You Always”: Jorge Fuentes, a 19-year-old fatally shot on the street outside his Dorchester home on Sept. 10, 2012. (Greg Cook)

“Love You Always”: Jorge Fuentes, a 19-year-old fatally shot on the street outside his Dorchester home on Sept. 10, 2012. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Rashid Lesley-Barnes, “Forever Dancing in Our Heart,” a 24-year-old Bostonian who died after being stabbed while getting off a bus in Roxbury on Aug. 15, 2012. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Rashid Lesley-Barnes, “Forever Dancing in Our Heart,” a 24-year-old Bostonian who died after being stabbed while getting off a bus in Roxbury on Aug. 15, 2012. (Greg Cook)

“Never Forget” Steven P. Odom, who was shot dead near his Dorchester home at age 13 in 2007. (Greg Cook)

“Never Forget” Steven P. Odom, who was shot dead near his Dorchester home at age 13 in 2007. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Rodney Almond, a 37-year-old Milton father, was murdered along with another man when the car they were riding in was fired upon in a drive-by shooting in Milton in 2008. (Greg Cook)

Remembering Rodney Almond, a 37-year-old Milton father, was murdered along with another man when the car they were riding in was fired upon in a drive-by shooting in Milton in 2008. (Greg Cook)

“In Memory of Terrance” Jacobs, a 16-year-old stabbed to death by a group of assailants in Dorchester in 2007. (Greg Cook)

“In Memory of Terrance” Jacobs, a 16-year-old stabbed to death by a group of assailants in Dorchester in 2007. (Greg Cook)

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