TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A vigil was held Thursday night in Taunton for those that were injured and killed during a pair of attacks in the city this week.
The service was held at Holy Family Church, where 80-year-old Patricia Slavin attended mass every day, according to Fr. Kevin Cook.
Slavin and her daughter were eating dinner Tuesday night when police said Arthur DaRosa entered the Myricks Street home and stabbed them both. Slavin did not survive her injuries, while Fr. Cook says her daughter, Kathy, had surgery in Boston Thursday and is doing well.
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Fr. Cook said Slavin left behind six children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends said she would have forgiven DaRosa for his actions.
Funeral services for Slavin have not yet been scheduled.
Also honored during the vigil were 56-year-old George Heath and 26-year-old Sheenah Savoy.
Savoy was stabbed multiple times by DaRosa while working as a waitress at Bertucci’s at the Silver City Galleria. After attacking the Slavins, police said DaRosa drove to the mall and crashed his car into the front of Macy’s before making his way into the restaurant and arming himself with a knife.
Heath, a New Bedford teacher, was stabbed and killed by DaRosa while trying to stop the attack. DaRosa was then shot in the abdomen by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy and later died.
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Savoy was pregnant at the time of the attack. According to her friends who attended the vigil, she and her unborn baby are both doing well.
DaRosa’s family says he went to Morton Hospital for help just hours before the attacks but was released before getting the help he needed. The hospital responded Thursday by parting ways with a subcontractor that would evaluate Medicaid patients.