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Thousands join anti-violence Mother’s Day march in Boston

May 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of people including crime victims’ families, law enforcement and political leaders have joined in Boston’s annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.

This year’s participants included Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd, the man former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2013. Also marching was Denise Richard, the mother of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

The event was started in 1996 and still is led by Tina Chery, head of an anti-violence organization. Chery’s 15-year-old son was killed in gang crossfire in 1993 as he walked to an anti-violence youth event.

Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans were among those joining the walk Sunday in through the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Organizers estimate at least 10,000 people took part.

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