There were candles, prayers, words of encouragement and community support Friday night in East Boston as dozens marched in the honor of two police officers wounded in a shooting.
Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matthew Morris remained in critical but stable condition Friday. The two were shot after responding to a domestic violence call on Gladstone Street in Orient Heights Wednesday night. The incident left the suspect, Kirk Figueroa, dead.
"Any time something like this happens, it hits us all," said Joanne Pomodoro, who attended the vigil for Cintolo and Morris Friday. "My brother is a policeman, my other brother is an EMT."
"I wish you the best my friend. Absolutely a safe, quick and happy recovery," said Mike Anderson, a friend of Cintolo.
Anderson said the two grew up together, and that Cintolo's father is a retired Boston Police Officer. He also said Cintolo's brother is currently on the force.
"Protect and to serve, that's his motto," said Anderson. "He'd stop for a bird in the street and scoot it to the curb so it wouldn't get run over. That's the kind of guy he is."
Others describe Cintolo as a mediator, who always wore a smile.
"He's the first call when they call places around here. He's always around to go there and translate to people because this is the Spanish community," said Marco Asuaje, who lives in East Boston.
Neighbors that spoke to necn off camera said Officer Morris and his wife are wonderful people.
People in the community they protect and serve still can't believe what happened.
"I feel very sorry for them and for their families," said Marco De Castro.