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At scene of son's murder, mother forgives teen charged with his death

The Herald reports La’Chija Jones, stood outside the Jackson Square T stop yesterday and publicly forgave Ronaldo Cepeda, 16, of Dorchester, charged with stabbing her son, Mason Raymond, to death last Thursday

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This forgiveness in five minutes crap needs to stop.

A child's life was worth something and granting forgiveness to someone that had no remorse over that life devalues all life.

Forgiveness should only be given to those which are truly sorry and have earned their penance.

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Not your place to tell this Mother how she should grieve and move forward.

Thanks for your concern.

Please reach out to Ms. Jones with this advice.

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This mother who has just lost her child chose to forgive his killer, a decision that didn't just magically occur, and you come along and decide that her morals are "crap" and devalue her time in which she chose to express them. You can speak for yourself, I am glad she chose forgiveness if that is what she needs. Ultimately it is her who feels the pain in her heart and I pray she has the family and friends around her to support her.

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She is effect condoning the murder of her child. A society which keeps doing that sets itself up to have more grieving mothers and murderers.

Her child's murder isn't a tragedy it is an atrocity and she shouldn't be washing the bloody of her child off the hands of the guilty with such rapid ease.

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Do you really think that forgiveness is condoning the behavior??

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Her forgiving the killer of her own child shows she has more soul and humanity in her little finger than most. And if you can't understand that, I'm sorry for you. Some humans evolve faster than others.

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about a life-altering tragedy any of your goddamned business? You know what? When someone stabs YOUR kid, we'll all jump in and tell YOU what to feel or do. Kay?

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As his grandfather if she didn't throw a 17 yr old out at night he still might be here! I was the last one who seen him wake up in my house not knowing ill never see him again! I forgive no one!!!!!

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At the risk of sounding like a greeting card, forgiveness is not something you give to other people. Forgiveness of other people is something you give to yourself.

You don't forgive people because it does anything for them. The Commonwealth couldn't care less if you forgive a defendant, the penalties for murder are set. Publicly forgiving someone doesn't suddenly make them a remorseful person, or not a sociopath. Forgiving someone is something you do so that you don't hold this terrible anger and bitterness in your heart and soul. It's something you do so that when you think of your child, you are able to consider something other than that FUCKING ASSHOLE WHO TOOK HIS LIFE.

While I agree that making a public event out of it is... odd... people do much much much crazier things when their loved ones are murdered.

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Good to know if a gang of teens dressed in Bruins shirts get on the train its time to get off. Are there any other sports teams beside the Furies from the Warriors that we should be wary of when riding the T.

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Just know that by being afraid of kids wearing Bruins jerseys you are playing into a system that is made to oppress them and view them as "less than".
As someone who works with kids in gangs, I know that they are traumatized and victimized kids who need love and care more than anything else. Don't be afraid of them. It's inhelpful and inhumane.

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who all too often are shooting and stabbing each other, with little or no concern about anyone who gets in the middle. I'm honestly scratching my head at your comment. I live here--I don't run screaming every time I see a kid talking tough or acting up on the T, but if there's a bad vibe or aggression, I'm not going to stick around and give someone a hug. A kid wearing gang colors to a memorial service? HE'S the one playing into the system "made to oppress" him and the one making himself "less than." Are we supposed to stand back and nod approvingly?

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I'm sure that was simply a typo on the poster's part. Are you perfect? Because I've never met an actual perfect human being.

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One needs to read the linked article to get a better understanding of the mother's forgiveness. I interpret the words shared in the article as an incredibly brave and strong woman with remarkable perspective on the bigger picture. She is asking for no more violence in her son's name. She is teaching a lesson in empathy for another mother. She is continuing to parent boys even after her own son is gone. And she is calling out systems of oppression. She is not flippantly throwing around forgiveness. She is a hero.

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Exactly my thought. It shows real character, and reflects the best of a community's spirit, for someone to come out and make a statement like this. I'm shocked to see some of the response on here. I mean, just imagine if the opposite had happened; if this grieving mother had come out and said the exact opposite. How quickly would some be calling for her head?

Bless this woman, and bless her kind and courageous spirit.

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My condolences to Mason Raymond's family and friends.

If this provides some comfort to Ms. Jones in the face of one of the most horrifying things that can happen in a parent's life, then more power to her. I must confess, I don't understand this idea of granting nearly instant forgiveness myself, especially if Mr. Cepeda hasn't even asked for it (it was unclear from the article whether he had). I hope he can turn his life around and actually earn this forgiveness.

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to John of the Justice Resource Institute. He was attending this memorial and took the intiative to stop bikers from unknowingly, riding through the memorial. His selfless act helped honor this child's memory and possibly avoided confrontation between the mourners and bikers.

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Forgiveness is encouraged.

I don't know if I could offer it out of hand like this woman has, but I'd like to think I could forgive if forgiveness was requested.

There is a certain power to forgiveness. It blunts the hate.

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