DA Rollins unveils mural commemorating homicide survivors

       Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins unveiled a mural at the DA’s Offices at One Bulfinch Place.

       “We announced the commissioning of this work at the 10th Annual Survivors of Homicide Breakfast and we are amazed by its power, beauty and hope it will be a source of reflection for everyone,’’ DA Rollins said. “This mural represents and reminds us that the lives lost were members of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, who lived, worked, played, and were important parts of our community. It highlights mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and everyday people who are deeply loved, valued, missed, and never forgotten,’’ said DA Rollins. “They are individuals who are so much more than the label of homicide victim.”

       The work was created by some 20 teenage artists working with Artists for Humanity’s 3d Design Studio. The mural is portable and will be taken to the annual Survivor of Homicide Breakfast held each December. The mural, which features landmarks from around the county representative of the communities in which victims, survivors, and their loved ones live, will be housed in the homicide unit.

       “After meeting with families, I often reflect on the damage and impact of homicide,’’ said DA Rollins. “It tends to take over the narrative of who a person was and the people that loved them.  A homicide is not just a life cut short, it is a life stolen. It’s an act that has a ripple effect far beyond the act itself. It is trauma, it is pain, it is grief, and it is devastation felt by loved ones and communities.”

       Assistant District Attorneys, victim witness advocates, detectives, and families will be reminded of the commitment, and dedication to families of homicide victims by SCDAO. They will also remember that behind every name is a person that is loved and a part of the community we serve. 

            “What I can say and promise is that we will try our best to show up – not just in that horrific moment; not just at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, not just during National Crime Victims’ Rights Month, or the annual Survivors of Homicide Breakfast,’’ DA Rollins said. “We will show up every night and every day. We will honor the legacies of those lost by attempting to ensure accountability. This mural will remind us, focus us to continue to do everything in our power to help on the journey towards healing.”

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