Kindness came in a variety of flavors Wednesday afternoon in Dorchester’s Savin Hill neighborhood — two free scoops of ice cream to bring together a community shaken by the bloody ambush Monday of a young mother out walking her baby in a stroller.
“It’s good to see people come out, be here, and support each other,” said Joe Conway, owner of Savin Scoop on Savin Hill Avenue. Conway and his store manager scooped maple walnut, monster mash, and other flavors for about 70 people.
The event had been previously planned as a “Cash Mob,” a grass-roots effort organized via social media that sends crowds to local businesses to stimulate patronage, but with the stabbing of the 21-year-old mother, it was also dubbed “A Random Act of Kindness.”
On Monday, Conway saw the stabbing victim, Angeleek Barros, stagger to the glass door. She collapsed and Conway rushed to her, applying pressure on her wounds.
Barros was in serious but stable condition at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday.
Samia Jones, 17, is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault to murder in the stabbing and is being held on $50,000 cash bail. Police are seeking Jones’s boyfriend, Daquan Sparks, 19, who allegedly held Barros as Jones stabbed her. Authorities said Sparks, the father of the victim’s child, called Barros and lured her to Midland Street by telling her he had shoes for the infant. But when Barros arrived, he restrained her while Jones stabbed her six times, authorities said.
The free ice cream was sponsored by Vargas & Vargas Insurance and Cash Mob Dorchester, a group that takes local money and invests in local businesses.
“Please come out and help this great local business after a long winter, enjoy a free ice cream cone, and make our second cash mob of 2013 a success,’’ Carlos Vargas, the insurance company owner, posted on his Facebook page.Brian Ballou can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.