Mary Franklin lost her husband in 1996. He was on his way home one night in October and tried to interrupt an attempted robbery. He was shot and killed and the case remains unsolved today. She devotes her time by advocating for women survivors of homicide in Boston.
Preparing the wreaths
Mary Ann Davis, left, looks toward Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Davis came early on Saturday, December 5, 2015 to prepare wreaths which were hung along the street to commemorate homicide victims and advocate for unsolved cases. Davis' grandson, Jordan Miller, was killed in 2013 after 9 shots fired into his first floor bedroom. He was 20 years old.
Tara Davis, left, prays for all unsolved homicide victims in Boston. Her son, Jordan Miller, 20, was shot and killed while in his Hyde Park bedroom in 2013. Tara's mother, Mary Davis, has since become a leading Boston advocate in raising awareness of unsolved homicides and supporting other women survivors. The investigation remains open for Jordan Miller.
Color Blue Hill Ave Purple
Two men hang a purple ribbon around a post on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on December 5, 2015, acting as a visible reminder of the loss that impacts a community. Both men pictured have lost family members to homicide.
A Call to Remember
Charles Clemons speaks through a megaphone along Blue Hill Avenue announcing homicide victim names and commemorating the community that is left to carry the loss. Clemons was a boy when his Uncle "Eddie" Edward Clemons was murdered.
For survivors of homicide, their loss is a kind they carry with them everyday alongside family, friends, and a community whose lives are forever changed.
Cynthia Francis walks away from a wreath being hung on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on December 5th, 2015 commemorating her cousin, Nicholas Trotman, who was shot and killed in 2011. Her son's best friend and her own childhood friend have also been shot and killed in recent years. Francis has since started her own neighborhood support group for survivors of homicide.
Carrying the loss
Surviving the loss of someone to a homicide is what many women and children, in particular, carry with them every day. It is often not only the loss of a loved one, but a loss of economic stability for a family. Of the 52 Boston homicides in 2014, 87% of the victims were men. The percentage for 2015 is projected to be much higher.
For your uncle Chris
A little boy will grow up without an uncle. Marcellena Carvalho pulls her youngest son along Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on December 5, 2015, to hang a wreath in rememberence of her brother who was shot in 2003, and later died from his injuries. Carvalho had her son hang the wreath and said to him, "This is for your uncle Chris."
A community is forever changed
When someone is killed by homicide, a community is forever changed. No other Boston communities have been impacted more than Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. There are more than 900 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1970. When friends and families cannot heal through justice, they have found small moments of healing through sharing their loss with each other.