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Two decades later, Morning Star Baptist violence still resonates

’92 gang attack at church was turning point for city

They gathered to mourn a young man, another young black man gunned down by other young men. In the Mattapan of 1992, in a city ravaged by drug and gang violence, the grief had become a familiar litany.

But when the violence crossed the threshold of Morning Star Baptist Church that May night 20 years ago this week, and a stabbing and shooting during a solemn funeral turned the sanctuary into just another street corner, Boston reached a breaking point.

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