Haverhill Residents Rally Against Violence

HAVERHILL — In the wake of two Haverhill residents being shot dead in this city during the last month, an estimated 100 people rallied at GAR Park Tuesday evening and demanded an end to the killing.
Lynda Brown, one of the organizers of the rally, asked the audience to observe a moment of silence for the victims of gun violence. Jeffrey Larkin, 40, was shot in the chest at Emerson Street and Grand Avenue the night of May 6. He died shortly after he arrived at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
Nike Colon, 20, was shot in the head at Washington and Shepherd streets in the afternoon of May 17. He was the victim of a drive-by shooting. Four Haverhill residents spoke powerfully about the need to end the violence and hatred that caused the two recent murders plus several shootings in the neighborhoods. They also offered ideas on how the community can change for the better.