While Winthrop mourns the shooting, grief counselors go door-to-door for convenience – CBS Boston
WINTHROP (CBS) – Some neighbors in Winthrop said they felt numb, while other grief attendants who went door-to-door on Tuesday said they didn’t know how to feel as the community witnessed the shot deaths of two mourned her own.
After a weekend of violence, comfort and healing are urgently needed in the town of Winthrop.
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“A large proportion of the neighbors were very close to some of the victims, so the personal relationship that also takes place in their neighborhood is our goal,” said Meredith Hurley, director of the Winthrop Department of Health.
As disbelief turned to grief, Hurley, along with counselors and police officers, searched the areas of Cross and Shirley Streets – to make sure neighbors who witnessed the mayhem on Saturday knew help was available.
“It’s important to show up and let people know who you are. To see the face in the department, to see the face of the person behind the phone, ”said Winthrop Police Sgt. Sarko Gergerian. “And that takes effort, and if you try hard on someone, that creates the conditions for trust.”
A temporary memorial is growing for the two victims.
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Retired Massachusetts State trooper David Green and Air Force Staff Sgt. Ramona Cooper were both shot dead on Saturday. Investigators believe the suspect, 28-year-old Nathan Allen, may have targeted them because they were black.
“To see something like this happen in Winthrop was amazing,” said a Malden man who came to the memorial.
“It’s awful. Such memorials – it has to be; hopefully it brings people closer,” said Scott Bowermaster of Revere.
Paula Nolan lives steps away from the crash site and told WBZ-TV that the worrying flowers, signs and door knocking made all the difference.
“It helps to know that people care about what happened,” said Nolan.
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The city of Winthrop is holding walk-in hours in the senior center on Wednesday for everyone who needs to speak. A candlelight vigil is planned in Winthrop on Thursday at 7 p.m.