Mass. prosecutors wear black ribbons in memory of slain Texas prosecutors

For the past two days, prosecutors around Massachusetts have been wearing black ribbons in solidarity with the prosecutors recently killed in Texas, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association said.

“It is a very small gesture but it reflects our deep sympathy for the family, friends and colleagues of [District Attorney] Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney [Mark] Hasse, who was murdered in January,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement.

Through the National District Attorneys Association, all prosecutors across the nation have been invited to wear a black ribbon to show support for their colleagues in Texas.

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McLelland, the Kaufman County district attorney, and his wife were murdered in their home this week; Hasse was murdered in January.

It can happen here, too. In September 1995, Paul McLaughlin, an assistant attorney general and former Middlesex assistant district attorney, was killed by a gang member in retaliation for McLaughlin’s prosecution of cases in Boston’s safe neighborhoods initiative.

“Prosecutors and all law enforcement in the Commonwealth make our communities safer while at times putting themselves in harm’s way on behalf of others,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said. “Our thoughts today, as we continue to fight for justice, remain with those families who have lost loved ones in these horrible tragedies around the country.”

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