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Dorchester rally to push for peace on the streets

About 200 families, community leaders, and clergy members are expected to march in a peace rally in Dorchester Tuesday night in memory of the recent deaths of three youths in the neighorhood.

Rosalind "Queen" Wornum, a resident who organized the rally, said she wants the community to come together to reclaim the streets.

"What I'm looking for is we should take back our streets — not just Dorchester, but the city at large," Wornum said. "There's too much violence, too many killings of our children. This affects us all."

The rally will leave at 7 p.m. from the Red Line Ashmont Station and wind through the neighborhood, stopping at the sites of each youth's death for a candlelight vigil.

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The first vigil will honor 16-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos, who was shot to death, allegedly by two boys, 16 and 14, at the intersection of Washington and Fuller streets last Wednesday.

Marchers will continue to the second vigil, which will be held on West Selden Street, where 8-year-old Yadielys Deleon Camacho died June 6 after being struck by a car while she was biking with her cousin.

The third vigil will be held in memory of 18-year-old Fritz Philogene, who was killed when a car struck his bike at the intersection of Talbot Avenue with Norwell Street and New England Avenue on May 19.

Wornum said the idea for the rally came to her in the middle of the night.

"I woke up, and God told me to take charge," she said. "And I stepped up."

After reaching out to pastors at local churches, the police, and Dos Santos's family, Wornum decided to go forward with the idea, posting her first flyer to Facebook on Friday.

She said her goal is to motivate the community to take problems into its own hands.

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"We as adults need to put more out there," Wornum said. "We need to help youth get jobs, speak to somebody, get more counseling, and have an outlet where they feel they can trust somebody."

Wornum said she hopes people don't view the rally as a one-time event, but rather a catalyst to "become street soldiers and get out there."

"I'm one person. I can't bring [peace] by myself," she said. "And I'm not trying. I'm trying to bring as many people together as I can today."


Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.