The say time heals all wounds, but for Mary Franklin the pain is still very real as she prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of her husband’s murder. Melvin Bernard Franklin was shot and killed when he encountered a robbery just steps from his Dorchester home as he walked home from work on the evening of October 15, 1996.

“Melvin, being the person he was, I believe he interrupted the robbery,” Mary said. “He was kind, humble and would help anybody.”

Mary believes Melvin tried to help the person who was being robbed and likely asked the robbers, who she described as young men, to move along. She said the victim ran off, leaving Melvin alone with the robbers, who shot him twice in the chest and then robbed him.

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