a 91 year old civil rights According to officials, Pioneer was stabbed multiple times while walking his dog through a Boston park on Wednesday evening, while the puppy came to his rescue and wounded the attacker in the midst of the attack.
Jean McGuire, the first black social worker to work in the Boston public school system, was walking her dog Bailey through Playstead Park in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood at about 8:30 when an unidentified man approached and stabbed her . CBS Boston Report.
Police say the victim and her dog fought with the attacker after stabbing him several times
While McGuire was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, “preliminary investigations suggest the suspect” may have also been injured in the attack.
“The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries,” Boston Police said in a press release. “Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspect may have been injured during the attack.”
It is still unclear what the motive behind the attack was, and officials did not say whether the incident was racially motivated.
Police said McGuire’s 8-year-old Blue Weimaraner dog fought the attacker to save him, and that “the suspect may have been injured (by his dog) during this attack.”
Jerilyn Brady-McGinnis told Boston Globe That her friend fought for her life, and even kicked the attacker “in the mad” while her dog was “working on it.”
,[Jean] attacked this man. She was kicking him in the mad while Bailey was working on him. And he tried to run away, and the dog followed him. And [the attacker] disappeared from sight,” Brady-McGinnis told the newspaper. “Bailey stood up for him.”
Victim is a civil rights pioneer, being the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston Schools Committee
In 1981, McGuire became the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston Schools Committee, and helped found METCO—the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity—in the 1960s to help segregate schools within the city. A program started.
“Just imagining that this happened is incredible. But I know she is strong and she will come out of what she has been doing in this community for decades,” Metco CEO Millie Arbaje-Thomas told CBS News. “She’s an amazing woman, a powerhouse, and every time you mention Jean McGuire’s name people know she’s a force to be reckoned with.”
Boston mayor meets elderly victim of stabbing
The city’s mayor later visited McGuire at the hospital, and said she was “disgusted and outraged to learn that an elder in our community has to go about her daily routine, fearing for her own safety.”
“I am disappointed and outraged to learn that an elder in our community has to fear for his safety, going about his daily routine, walking his dog,” Mayor Michelle Wu said. “I have had the opportunity to connect with this patient who is an inspiration in every way.”
Tonight at 6 pm there will be a vigil for 91yo civil pioneer Gene McGuire at the entrance to Franklin Park.
— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) 14 October 2022
Officials investigating the attack are asking for the public’s help in identifying the attacker.
Meanwhile, officials are investigating the attack and seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspected suspect.
“Detectives are urging anyone who lived in the area during that time and may have witnessed the incident or has seen anything suspicious to contact” police with information.
McGuire’s friend Brady-McGinnis told the Globe that “she will never be able to walk alone again.”
Anyone with information should call the Boston Police at 617-343-4275 or the Crimestoppers tip line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS.