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A candlelight vigil in memory of 19 year-old shooting victim Berta Perreira-Roldan



“We have to do more work to get rid of guns,” said Providence City Council President Matos. “We have to do something to get rid of the guns in our neighborhoods.”

A candlelight vigil was held in Providence on Detroit Avenue Sunday evening for Berta Perreira-Roldan, a Revere, Massachusetts resident killed in Providence one week earlier after celebrating her 19th birthday at a local nightclub. The vigil was organized by Providence City Councilor Carmen Castillo (Ward 9), State Senator Ana Quezada (Democrat, District 2, Providence) and State Representative Grace Diaz (Democrat, District 11, Providence). Providence City Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) and City Councilors Michael Correia (Ward 6) and Katherine Kerwin (Ward 12) were also in attendance.

Castillo called on Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré to send “more police details to this area… As a mother, a grandmother, I want to be safe in the place I live.”

Senator Quezada re-emphasized the need for more police, “especially at the time the nightclubs close.”

Representative Diaz noted that there are plenty of police in the area when the clubs close in downtown Providence, “but in South Side… where we have a lot of clubs, we don’t have the same treatment.”

“We have to do more work to get rid of guns,” said Council President Matos, pointing out the attendees from Moms Demand Action at the vigil. “We have to do something to get rid of the guns in our neighborhoods.”

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Also speaking was a representative from the Nonviolence Institute.

Then, there were prayers.

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Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.