Luis Torres, one of the two people shot Saturday evening on Boylston Street died yesterday, according to Betsy Cowan, director of Egleston Square Main Street. He was 23.
In e-mail, Cowan says a community vigil is planned for 8 p.m. at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. And she says the community is determined to carry on:
I stopped by Saturday and yesterday and found many people outside, visiting the businesses and caring for each other at a makeshift memorial. Several people who've been working on a community garden were there as well and planted bushes in the garden as a sign of new life and hope. The neighbors, with support from Spontaneous Celebrations, the street workers, trauma response and many others, are organizing a vigil at a local church.
I also visited the owner of Plaza Meat Market, at the corner. He said, "I'm not scared to work here in this neighborhood; what I am scared of is that people won't shop in my store anymore." We're encouraging people to patronize the local businesses and spend time in the neighborhood to support their community.
What follows is a letter Egleston Square Main Street sent to the Globe after an article it ran about eight shootings on Washington Street (the Globe did not run it):
The recent violence in Egleston Square might lead to an article similar to the one published in September by a Boston Globe reporter who came to Egleston Square looking for a neighborhood full of fearful, suspicious people peering from behind locked doors and curtains. Maybe that's what she was looking for. It's not what we see here in Egleston Square every day. We see retail stores open for business, run by entrepreneurs from 14 different countries. We see people meeting up for coffee and the best baked goods in the region at Canto 6 and coming to the square for the famous fish sandwich you can get at Star Fish Market. We see people on their way to visit Boston Beer Company, home of the Sam Adams brewery, which is also part of our neighborhood. We see cars stopping as pedestrians cross Washington Street to greet a friend.
Yes, the neighborhood has seen violent incidents this year. We hope the police catch those who are responsible and we are grateful to be meeting regularly with police, merchants, residents and community partners to promote public safety. Over the past year, Egleston Square has hosted multiple community events with over 300 attendees, 7 new businesses have opened in the district creating 18 new jobs, and nearly 25 businesses have installed new window displays and improved their storefronts.
So please consider this an open invitation from the people of Egleston Square to Ms. Irons and everyone else on the Globe editorial staff. Stop in any time for a haircut, a tune-up, a new pair of shoes and some fried fish or sancocho. We are open for business.