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Photos: Hundreds attend vigil to honor Winthrop shooting victims

David Green, 68, and Ramona Cooper, 60, were gunned down last Saturday by Nathan Allen.

A candlelight vigil was held in Winthrop in memory of Air Force veteran Ramona Cooper and retired Massachusetts State Trooper David L. Green who were murdered on Saturday afternoon. Green's brother Aria "Ray" Green is at left, and seen wiping his eyes. Behind the flowers is Bill Leach, David Green's friend and next door neighbor. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Community members gathered for a vigil in Winthrop Thursday night to remember the two people gunned down in what authorities are calling a hate crime on Saturday.

David Green, 68, a retired Massachusetts State Police trooper, and Ramona Cooper, a 60-year-old Air Force veteran, both Black, were shot and killed by Nathan Allen, 28 after he crashed a stolen truck into a building. Allen was subsequently killed by responding police.

Via investigation, authorities have found that Allen wrote “troubling white supremacy rhetoric and statements,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins has said.

The vigil, held on the lawn in front of Winthrop’s Town Hall, was attended by hundreds, according to WCVB. It included prayer and music.

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“We need to do better,” a statement from Cooper’s son said, as reported by the news station. “To my mom, Ramona, I love you always and I can’t wait to see you again somebody. You are truly missed.”

Ray Green described his brother’s personality.

“He was very straight with people, he said of his brother, David, according to Boston 25 News. “He was very upfront. He was an individual that would help anybody at any time without being asked.”

Here are some photos from the vigil:

Trucks block the street as a security measure before a candlelight vigil for David Green and Ramona Cooper. – AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
Gary Cooper and his wife Rochelle stand next to a picture of Gary’s mother Ramona Cooper during a candlelight vigil for Cooper and David Green, Thursday. – AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
Ray Green, brother of retired police officer David Green holds a candle during the vigil held for two shooting victims, one of whom was his brother, David. – Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Attendees hold candles during the vigil. – Scott Eisen/Getty Images
David Green’s brother Aria “Ray” Green is at left, and seen wiping his eyes. Behind the flowers is Bill Leach, David Green’s friend and next-door neighbor. – Jim Davis/Globe Staff
People attend a candlelight vigil for David Green and Ramona Cooper in Winthrop. – AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
A man lays flowers in front of a photo of Ramona Cooper during a vigil held for Cooper and David Green. – Scott Eisen/Getty Images
A woman comforts Aria “Ray” Green during a candlelight vigil for Green’s brother David and for Ramona Cooper, Thursday. – People attend a candlelight vigil for David Green and Ramona Cooper, Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Winthrop, Mass. Green and Cooper were each shot multiple times by Nathan Allen after he crashed a stolen box truck into a residential building not far from his condo. Allen was killed by police moments later.AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
A woman hugs a Winthrop Police Officer during the vigil. – Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Attendees hold candles at the vigil for David Green and Ramona Cooper. – People attend a candlelight vigil for David Green and Ramona Cooper, Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Winthrop, Mass. Green and Cooper were each shot multiple times by Nathan Allen after he crashed a stolen box truck into a residential building not far from his condo. Allen was killed by police moments later. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

SCENES FROM TONIGHT’S VIGIL FOR WINTHROP VICTIMS and STATEMENT FROM MASSACHUSHETTS STATE POLICE COLONEL CHRISTOPHER…

Posted by Massachusetts State Police on Thursday, July 1, 2021
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