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A month of fear and bullets

Opening the files for Oct. in Area B

A few weeks ago, minutes before the faithful would leave, a loud crackle sounded and wisps of smoke hung in the air. Two bullets had pierced the sanctuary of the Blue Hill Revival Center in Mattapan.

“They missed someone’s head by about 10 feet,” said Earlene Montgomery, one of the church leaders, pointing to a very large bullet hole in the front door of the church on Blue Hill Avenue. “Five minutes later, the service would have ended and we would have had 75 people standing back here, and someone would have been killed.”

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