In the hours after Amy Lord was found brutally murdered, her body dumped in a Hyde Park parkland, the phones at her former gym, Regan’s Motivated Fitness, began ringing off the hook.
Women were calling to sign up for self-defense classes, and men were offering to escort female residents too petrified to walk around alone, said owner Tom Regan.
Since Lord’s horrific death, fear and resolve have gripped residents of South Boston, where young women are now walking in pairs, looking over their shoulders, and clinging to their dogs in an effort to stay safe.
Some, like 24-year-old Danielle Cugini, have been arming themselves with pepper spray and Mace.
“I’m afraid to go anywhere,” said Cugini, as she walked her dog Lainey on West Broadway.
Globe reporters Andrew Ryan, Billy Baker, and Joshua Miller contributed to this report. Correspondent Patrick D. Rosso and photographer Jessica Rinaldi also contributed.