Standing in his barbershop on Main Street in Brockton’s historic, if somewhat deserted, downtown, Shane Owens sighed and shrugged his shoulders as he considered the latest news to befall his working class hometown.
The city was rocked by back-to-back murders last week. Lee Harmon, a 74-year-old pastor, was beaten to death with a hammer while riding his bike to visit his daughter Tuesday night. Jeffrey Cicerano was stabbed to death the next day.
“It’s too bad that I feel like I’m not surprised when I hear about things like that,” the 31-year-old said.
They call it the “City of Champions.” But it is hard to escape the fact that Brockton is no longer what it once was, teeming with manufacturing jobs before they fled for cheaper states and countries. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.