Vigil held in East Boston for wounded BPD officers

The East Boston community held a vigil Friday evening in support of the Boston Police Department and their two officers who were wounded in a shooting on Wednesday night.

The vigil and march began at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Walley and Bennington streets. People who attended the vigil wore blue in honor of the police officers. The group then walked up Gladstone Street, where the shooting happened Wednesday night, and finished at the Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine.

Two Boston Police officers were wounded Wednesday night after they responded to a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived, police said Kirk Figueroa opened fire, shooting both officers. He was killed in the gunfight. Both officers remain hospitalized. Before the vigil, Police Commissioner William Evans thanked the community for their outpouring of support for both the department and the two injured officers.

“It’s very comforting. I was here last night and Mayor Walsh and the community really gave a lot of support for the police, which is real important,” said Evans. “A lot of the community know Richie and Matt and we’re really pulling for them to make a full recovery.”

Officers Rick Cintolo and Matt Morris remain hospitalized. Both underwent additional surgeries Friday morning and remain in critical condition.

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