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Residents say more needs to be done to stop violence

Residents say more needs to be done to stop violence

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Little League pitcher Teshawn Coleman, 12, tossed a ball with Officer Dennis Simmonds yesterday at Harambee Park. (Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff)

By Ben Wolford Globe Correspondent / July 10, 2011

Children are not flooding playgrounds like they used to, and the number of players in a youth baseball league has plummeted since the shooting of a 4-year-old boy two weeks ago in Harambee Park, visitors there said yesterday.

The Dorchester-Roxbury Little League, which had 200 participants, is down to about 100, mostly because parents are worried, said John Gordon, president of the league.

“Two teams showed up today; that should have been 24 children,’’ he said. “We only had eight.’’

Yesterday at the park the two baseball teams competed under the gaze of a Boston police officer in his cruiser.

“That car hasn’t moved,’’ Gordon said. “It was here yesterday, and it’s probably building dust around it.’’



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