The death of Jorge Fuentes devastated the Episcopal Diocese in Massachusetts, and it made gun violence a personal issue for people who might not have otherwise cared so much.
Fuentes, once a contrarian kid, had grown into a standout counselor at his church’s after-school program and summer camp. He traveled everywhere on church mission trips, doing farm work in Virginia, feeding poor people in New York. He planned to join the Marines.
But then he was shot in September last year.
Two church leaders came to a realization: They did not fail Fuentes. Instead, one said, “We failed the kid who killed him.”
That insight propelled the diocese, at its annual meeting last fall, to double down on its antiviolence work, in a campaign called “B-PEACE for Jorge.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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