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Laurel J. Sweet Monday, May 15, 2017, Boston Herald

As many as 2,000 people marched nearly 7 miles through the rain from Dorchester to City Hall yesterday, showering love on women whose children were ripped from their families by homicide.

“It’s such a peaceful day. All these mothers are going through the same thing, so we all know each other’s feelings. We are family. We know each other’s pain and we know the way to comfort each other,” said Ursula Ward, who carried a purple banner in honor of her slain son, Odin L. Lloyd, in yesterday’s 21st annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

Ward of Dorchester said she feels more empowered than ever as a mother, despite last week’s decision by a judge to abate Aaron Hernandez’s conviction for her 27-year-old son’s June 2013 killing in the wake of the former New England Patriot’s prison cell suicide. Completing the march with other mothers of murder victims, Ward said, was “a great feeling — a great feeling.”

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