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A few days after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and captured the world’s attention, Tony Smith noticed several lit candles outside a yard in his Dorchester neighborhood and thought someone had placed them there in tribute to the victims.
But when he inquired about the candles, a neighbor repeated a line that is all too familiar in troubled pockets of the city.
“Someone was just shot there,’’ Smith recounted recently.
Since the Marathon attack, gunfire has not ceased in Boston’s urban community. Six people have been shot and killed and at least 23 people have been shot in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury since April 15, police said. Minority residents say they are sympathetic to Marathon victims, but they are also conflicted over law enforcement’s sweeping response and the groundswell of support for the suffering.