Hundreds of immigrant rights activists took to the streets of Fair Haven to celebrate — rather than protest as planned — after a 43-year-old woman taking sanctuary in a neighborhood church won a stay allowing her to remain in the country.
A 14-year-old boy’s body lay in an open casket Tuesday morning, head resting on a pillow. Teenage boys covered their mouths with their fists as they approached the casket and silently wiped tears from their eyes; the girls went up in groups, interlocking their arms and sobbing into each other’s shoulders.
By the time they left the church, they heard calls to learn from the death of the boy, Tyriek Keyes. From his mother, they heard a determination “not to give up on justice.”
In 1993, near the end of a three-decade civil war, government soldiers ransacked her village in El Petén, Guatemala’s northernmost region, forcing her to vacate her house and sleep overnight in a school. Shortly after, she flew to America, seeking a respite from her country’s violence and poverty.