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Violence frustrates residents who see Brockton’s good

Killings force city to grapple with its present, even as it looks to future with hope

BROCKTON — Standing in his barbershop on Main Street in Brockton’s historic, if somewhat deserted, downtown, Shane Owens sighed and shrugged his shoulders as he considered the latest news to befall his working-class hometown.

The city was rocked by back-to-back murders last week. Lee Harmon, a 74-year-old pastor, was beaten to death with a hammer while riding his bike to visit his daughter Tuesday night. Jeffrey Cicerano was stabbed to death the next day.

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