New Haven community marches for peace after homicide


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Nearly two weeks after a 25-year-old woman was fatally shot on her front porch, a New Haven community marched and prayed for peace on Saturday.

Francesca Ratchford
Francesca Ratchford

“I think the people of New Haven need to put down their guns,” said Diane Ratchford. She’s the mother of Francesca Ratchford, killed while sitting on her Congress Avenue porch on July 28. Francesca leaves behind a six-year-old son.

“We don’t need this to happen to another family,” said Diane.

“It didn’t hit us yet,” said Francesca’s aunt, Stacy J. “A family that prays together stays together.”

ORIGINAL STORY: New Haven woman shot, killed sitting on front porch

They hope that rings true for the community that prays together. More than 20 people walked in a community prayer march from Hill Regional Career to where Francesca was killed. One local politician says action needs to go beyond this walk.

“When those discussions happen at city hall and the state level, I think the voice of the community doesn’t just need to be represented, it actually needs to be present,” said state Senator Gary Winfield.

As they walk back to the scene of the crime, her family hopes that the person who pulled the trigger will be held accountable.

“Whoever done it, we just ask could they come forward, turn themselves in. You can run but you can’t hide. The man above is watching,” said Stacy.

New Haven police are looking for anyone to come forward if they know anything that could help them close this case.

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