While Jassy Correia is at rest, the community remains unstable



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While the pearly white coffin with rose gold accents had descended on the steps of St. Peter's parish in Dorchester, Jassy Correia's mother followed her, moaning in mourning. Dozens of people, in tow, left the funeral service on Saturday while the coffin was loaded into the hearse to be transported to a private burial ground.

Correia, 23, was kidnapped last month in downtown Boston and found dead a few days later in Delaware. Some people knew the pain felt by Correia's mother: that of losing a child.

Donniel Strong said her daughter was the same age as Correia when she was murdered two years ago. They have never found the killer.

"I always attend these [funerals], "he says. When someone is killed, I always try to attend the funeral. I may not know them, but I will come to the funeral anyway. "

The mourners gather at the funeral of 23-year-old Jassy Correia in Dorchester on March 9, 2019. Correia was kidnapped at the end of last month and found dead a few days later in Delaware. (Quincy Walters / WBUR)
The mourners gather at the funeral of 23-year-old Jassy Correia in Dorchester on March 9, 2019. Correia was kidnapped at the end of last month and found dead a few days later in Delaware. (Quincy Walters / WBUR)

Strong, who lives in Lowell, said the service for Correia "was sad". Unlike her daughter, there is a suspect in the disappearance and death of Correia.

Louis Coleman, of Providence, R.I., faces a charge of federal kidnapping after Correia's kidnapping at the Discotheque Venu of downtown Boston. His body was found in the trunk of the car that Coleman was driving, the police said.

But having a suspect in detention was not reassuring for Shaquia Bates, a resident of Dorchester. As a mother of two young children, Bates said the hardest thing for her to know was that Correia had a 2-year-old daughter.

"A mother should be able to go out and have fun, it should not happen," Bates said after the funeral. "Anyone who has done this, I really hope that they will rot for that, no one deserves it.

"[Correia’s] baby will never have a mom again. "

The mourners gather at the funeral of 23-year-old Jassy Correia in Dorchester on March 9, 2019. Correia was kidnapped at the end of last month and found dead a few days later in Delaware. (Quincy Walters / WBUR)
The mourners gather at the funeral of 23-year-old Jassy Correia in Dorchester on March 9, 2019. Correia was kidnapped at the end of last month and found dead a few days later in Delaware. (Quincy Walters / WBUR)

Bates did not know Correia in life, but felt that she knew her after Saturday's service.

"She was always happy, she was always full of life," said Bates. "And she was an excellent mother for her child."

During the funeral, the family thanked the participants for their warm wishes and emotional support, Bates said. A GoFundMe campaign for the Correia family raised over $ 145,000.

"They need our love," she says.

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