Activist vows to continue fighting Boston violence after brother's murder

BOSTON — Liz Miranda is a community activist that fights to prevent violence every day, but a weekend murder in Boston hit close to home.

Miranda’s brother, 28-year-old Dorchester native and father of two, Michael Miranda, was killed after a large fight outside of a club ended in two shootings.

“He was a person that, even if he was going through something, you would never know. He was just so innocent,” said Desiree Miranda.

Miranda and her sisters Desiree and Daisey tell Boston 25 Michael was protecting a friend from a robbery when he was killed. An innocent bystander.

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“Our brother was a random victim of violence in Boston’s club district. And everyone should care,” said Miranda.

She is co-founder of non-profit basketball tournament Save R Streets and fights to save young men and boys from gun violence, but she says she couldn't save her brother.

“When I saw his body, I didn’t want to do it anymore,” said Miranda. “I thought, we can’t stop now. We can’t let them win. We can’t let a gun and some punks that didn’t think twice about what they were doing take away the purpose of our lives.”

Then, the sisters found strength when Michael’s organs were donated and saved eight lives.

“Just to know somebody’s gonna have my brother’s heart means so much to me. His heart was just so pure. Whoever gets that heart is gonna be nothing but happy,” said Desiree Miranda.

Boston police are still asking if you saw anything last Sunday morning, give them a call.

To support the future Michael A. Miranda Memorial Fund to support the educational and needs of his two sons Bentley M. And Kaysen please send donations to:
Bank of America
Account #466000847056
C/O Elizabeth Miranda

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