Lawrence square dedication to honor teen killed during gas explosions

Lawrence square dedication to honor teen killed during gas explosions

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Friday marks one year since the Merrimack Valley gas explosions devastated the Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover communities.

Ceremonies are being held in the communities to mark the occasion and honor 18-year-old Leonel Rondon who was killed that day.

Community leaders joined the Rondon family at a greenway off Lawrence's Chestnut Street, which is now Leonel Rondon Square.

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Rondon's sister told Boston 25 News, "We feel just emptiness this sadness this pain that is killing us inside," said Lucianny Rondon.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Ed Markey, and Rep. Lori Trahan all spoke at the ceremony.

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