East Boston community prays for recovering officers at vigil

EAST BOSTON (WHDH) — The community of East Boston gathered to pray at a Thursday evening vigil for the two officers wounded in a shooting Wednesday night.

Local pastors and dozens of members of the East Boston community gathered on the steps of the East Boston precinct where the officers worked.

“These are good men, just trying to make a living,” said East Boston resident Geraldine Ahern. “My heart breaks for all of them.”

People at the vigil said they were not only praying for the injured officers but for the safety of other officers and the victim’s friends and family.

Joining the vigil were Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Cpt. Kelley McCormick, who also works at the East Boston precinct, cried when he told 7News how traumatizing the shooting is for his officers.

“You shoot at our officers, you shoot at our community,” said McCormick. “There’s not words for what these guys do every day, what they did last night. Just got to get it done, support them, get them back to their families.”

At City Hall, a moment of silence was held before the building was lit up in bright lights. Blue lights were included to honor the two officers.

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