JP victims added to homicide memorial

The names of two Jamaica Plain homicide victims were added to a downtown memorial in a Sept. 20 ceremony.

Brenda Pawlowski and Kenneth Soto were among 52 victims enshrined in the Garden of Peace memorial in the plaza at 100 Cambridge St. The memorial, which features names engraved on stones, already marked 691 lost lives.

“We hope this ceremony will bring comfort to the survivors of these victims and also act as reminder to all of us of the terrible ramifications that homicide has on families and our communities across the Commonwealth,” said Leah Green, chair of the Garden of Peace board, in a press statement.

Pawlowski, a 49-year-old Roxbury resident, was killed in Jamaica Plain in February 2011. Two suspects are charged with murder in that case.

Soto, 19, was a JP resident involved with the Hyde Square Task Force youth organization and was applying to college. He was killed in a Hyde Square parking lot in October 2011. A suspect is charged in that case.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley led the Garden of Peace ceremony. For more information, see

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