Mourners bid farewell to 16-year-old Jucelena ‘Jocy’ Gomes Ramos, the first Boston homicide victim in 2022

During his eulogy, Price encouraged those in mourning to focus on how Gomes lived, rather than the brevity of his life.

“Teach me to count my days so that I apply myself to wisdom,” Price said, quoting the Bible. “It’s not how long you live, it’s how long.”

A few blocks away, candles and flowers marked the spot on Washington Street where Gomes was shot at around 6:25 p.m. as she walked the sidewalk with her 17-year-old boyfriend. Gomes, who lived in Dorchester, was heading for a bus to her grandmother’s house, where she planned to braid the hair of a 10-year-old relative, according to her family.

Her boyfriend was shot in the leg but survived, relatives of Gomes have said. Another man suffered gunshot wounds which are not considered life threatening, police said. A Boston Police spokesperson said on Saturday that no arrests had been made.

Gomes was a member of the Second Church who participated in the congregation’s summer and after-school programs. She was a student at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and operated a hair braiding business called Braided by Jocy.

Mourners pointed out Gomes’ joy, awkwardness, and desire to make others happy. Her survivors include her parents, Helena Gomes and Julio Ramos, and her brothers, Junior and EJ.

Her aunt, Marize Gomes, wore a black shirt with a picture of her niece. She said that Gomes drew joy from the people around her.

“Everything that had to do with you, she liked,” she said.

She told the audience about a recent trip she took with Gomes to an indoor go-kart racing venue. During the visit, Marize Gomes said she inadvertently punched her niece while they were participating in a virtual reality experience. Instead of getting angry, Jucelena Gomes “couldn’t stop her contagious and awkward laughter”.

20-year-old Euriana DePina also remembered Gomes laughing. They met through youth programs at Second Church.

” His laugh. It was so contagious. Even now all I hear is Jocy’s laughter in my head or his voice, ”DePina said. “When I heard that Jocy had passed, it hurt so much.”

She described Gomes as “intelligent, loving and caring”.

“For her, going so young it hurts because it impacted a lot of people,” DePina said. “She’ll see you depressed or sad and she’ll go tell you a joke and try to do whatever she can to make you smile.” It was a blessing.

Romel Ramnarain, a member of the Second Church, told the gathering that his family was mourning Gomes.

“From my family to your family, we are really, really, really sorry for this sad day,” he said. “And of [the] Second family of the Church, she will be missed and we love her. May she rest in peace. “

Monica Teixeira, 23, who met Gomes at Second Church in 2014, has read poetry.

“She’s gone,” the poem began. “You can shed tears that she’s gone. Or you can smile because she lived.

The bearers carried the casket following a funeral service for Jucelena Gomes Ramos at the Second Church in Dorchester.Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff / The Boston Globe

DuNaiss Pires played the flute, performing a musical piece about paradise. The composer wanted the music to be played at a fast tempo for dancing, Pires said, but for the funeral he opted for a blues performance.

“She was someone who had a lot of dreams and even though she was still discovering her ways, she was someone full of hope. And she was a friend to all of us,” Pires said, secretary of Second Church and director of its enrichment center.

State representative Liz Miranda of Dorchester was among those mourning.

The city, she said, should be angry that the first homicide victim of the year was a 16-year-old Cape Verdean girl who “innocently walked down a street”. Miranda is also Cape Verdean. Her brother, Michael, was shot dead on Tremont Street in 2017.

“As a city, we all need to be motivated and moved by our anger and our pain to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” she said in an interview after the service. “We can get to zero. I truly believe that we can end gun violence in our city if we change the way we provide opportunities for young people, especially access to mental health and trauma services.

She offered love and comfort to Gomes’ family.

“I know what it feels like. The days to come, the weeks to come and the months to come are very difficult, ”said Miranda.

Price encouraged those in mourning to adopt an “embracing state of mind. [Gomes’s] Memory.”

“Every time you carry it in your mind, you keep it alive,” he said.

Price suspended. A voice in the crowd said, “Amen. “


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