City to fire back at gun violence

Members of the Lynn Police Department stand watch following an early-morning shooting Saturday at 189 Essex St. (Spenser Hasak)

LYNN — In the aftermath of a violent Labor Day weekend, the city is planning a public-outreach and support event to allow members of the community an opportunity to mourn, reflect, and discuss next steps.

Residents will be given the chance to share their concerns and learn about the city’s resources from 5 to 7 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 15 at the Ingalls Elementary School cafeteria.

The community-engagement event follows two separate deadly shootings Saturday.

At roughly 2:20 a.m. Saturday, 25-year-old Abraham Diaz and 21-year-old Jandriel Heredia were killed in a shooting that injured five others at a party on the corner of Essex and Porter streets. Less than 24 hours later, police responded to Lincoln Street to find a male suffering from fatal gunshot wounds in a vehicle.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those victims as well as my hope for a speedy recovery for the survivors,” Mayor Jared Nicholson said in the aftermath of the first shooting. “I am outraged at this horrifying act of violence that happened on our streets, in our neighborhoods.”

In a written statement, Nicholson said the city is also planning targeted outreach programs in the areas affected by the violence. He also invited organizations that assist high-risk youth in the community or provide services to help people cope with trauma to contact the mayor’s office at at [email protected] or [email protected].

“For those who are part of the efforts to prevent the pain that the families affected and our entire community experienced last weekend, please be prepared to share how others can support and get involved,” Nicholson said.

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