I’m a resident of District C, and I’m writing to you today to urge you to register your opposition to the filming of Patriots Day in the Laurel/Dexter Street neighborhood. At the time of the shootout — in which over 200 rounds were fired, one person was killed in a particularly gruesome way and a police officer was injured, I lived in that neighborhood. The garage of the home where I lived was about 75 feet from the shootout.
My children still live there half the week, as my former husband and I share custody of them.
I want to tell you that it’s not just about recreating a traumatic event with pyrotechnics late at night in the same neighborhood that witnessed these horrible events.
It’s about the fact that my sons, who are 12 and 14, also have online lives, just like all kids their age. Eventually, clips from this movie will be all over the Internet. Kids in their schools will pass around links — “oh cool here’s that movie in Watertown!” The Internet is written in Sharpie. If this movie is filmed there, their neighborhood will always be associated with violence and death. Not just on that night, and not just while the movie is in theaters, but online, for download, forever.
Don’t allow this movie to be shot in this neighborhood. It’s a terrible disservice to every resident of this community, their property values, and their right to move on from this terrible event.
I thank you for your time and for your service.