"White people didn't shoot me. Three white people shot me."
April 5, 2010 6:50 AM Subscribe
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At age 15, Darryl Williams was felled by a sniper's bullet
-- on a football field in Charlestown, MA, where he was huddled with teammates on the visiting Jamaica Plain High School Football team. It was 1979, 5 years after the Boston busing crisis
from Richard Lapchick
, founder of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society
, mentions Williams' 10 year career as a speaker for the Center's Project TEAMWORK violence prevention program. Williams also worked for the MA State Lottery after earning his degree from Northeastern. "I always describe Darryl as an unknown American version of Nelson Mandela," says Richard Lapchick.
Darryl passed away, at age 46
, two Sundays ago. He was buried
this past Saturday.
Of the three white youths who were "shooting pigeons" that day, Patrick Doe got married and continues to live in Charlestown; Stephen McGonagle was shot by a cousin in 1988 (at age 26) after being released from jail in the Williams shooting; and in 1995, Joseph Nardone
was sentenced to life in prison for murder for his involvement in a Charlestown drug ring.