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Rising above grief

 Spare Change News - USA 21 July 2019

Isaura Mendes lost both her sons to violence on the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Her grief was compounded by rumours in her neighborhood and the media falsely claiming the deaths were drug or gang related. They were neither. Now, Mendes advocates peace, often speaking at prisons and meeting with men jailed for violent crimes in order to try and break the cycle of violence – she even publicly forgave her son’s murderer at his trial in 2008. “I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know why this thing happened. And I’m not judging anybody. I feel like I’m an example,” Mendes said. (1343 Words) - By Christine Hayes

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Isaura Mendes lost both her sons to violence on the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  Photo: Christine Hayes

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