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By Nicole Fleming THE BOSTON GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  MAY 14, 2017

Organizers handed out purple ponchos. Umbrellas buckled in the wind. Children held handmade signs that the cold rain had all but washed away. But for families who have lost loved ones to violence, it was grief — not the weather — that they struggled with on Mother’s Day.

Thousands turned out Sunday morning for the 21st annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, marching almost 7 miles from Dorchester to City Hall in solidarity with the mourning families.

Tina Chery, whose 15-year-old son was killed in 1993 in the crossfire of a gang shootout on his way to attend a Teens Against Gang Violence meeting, said that she and other survivors are “taking our pain . . . to the streets.”

“This is not a black issue, this is not an inner-city issue, this is not a gang issue,” said Chery, wearing a purple poncho as she marched in the rain. “This is a human rights issue.”

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