Councilor at Large John R. Connolly leaned back in his chair Friday and looked across the table at the gang members who had gathered at the Roxbury YMCA to meet him.
In a soft voice, the mayoral candidate asked them if they had ever been shot, if their friends had been killed, if they felt safe in Boston.
They all answered the same way:
Yes. Yes. And not at all.
“I don’t ever ride public transportation,” said one, a 33-year-old living in Dorchester. He was the oldest of the four men, each representing different gangs in the city. They met with Connolly to give him a sense of what drives violence in Boston.
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