91-year-old civil rights pioneer stabbed while walking dog in Boston’s Franklin Park, sources say – WCVB Boston
91-year-old Jean McGuire was stabbed multiple times while walking a dog in Franklin Park on Tuesday night. Her sister said the victim believes there was a sexual component to the attack. McGuire was attacked from behind and believes the man was trying to rape her.
Officers responded to a report of an unconscious person at 25 Playstead Road in Jamaica Plain around 8:30 p.m. and found Jean McGuire fighting off an unknown suspect with the help of her dog, Bailey. The suspect may have been injured during the attack, police said.
McGuire’s dog went after the attacker and the man ran off. However, she was left with multiple stab wounds.
Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden met with McGuire at Beth Israel Hospital Wednesday and said she is in recovery. He said he is outraged by the violence in the area and that the investigation is ongoing.
McGuire led the METCO Program for 43 years, which sent students from urban neighborhoods into suburban school systems. She was attacked in her own community, the METCO Directors Association said.
Mayor Michelle Wu called the victim “an inspiration in every way” and said she was disgusted and angry.
Leaders in the Black community gathered at Franklin Park Wednesday to call on officials and law enforcement to come up with a plan of action to address the ongoing violence.
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