“Lowell gangster charged in Worcester shooting.” That’s the headline that Central Massachusetts woke up to the other day. The Worcester Telegram story described how Saravy Sok, 22, of 88 Forthill Ave., Lowell had been charged with armed assault with intent to murder along with several gun charges. The Telegram described Sok as “a member of the Tiny Rascals Gang-Grey, a violent street gang with ties to California.” He is alleged to have shot a man with whom he fought outside of a Worcester house party.
As a life-long resident of Lowell, I truly do know that there is a lot to like about the city. But I’m also a realist and headlines like this one help explain in part, at least, why it’s so tough to make Lowell the “destination city” that people used to talk about so often.