`Kings’ decree: Let there be peace

`Kings’ decree: Let there be peace

In celebration of Three Kings Day, teens on the Hyde Square Task Force turned out in royal garb yesterday to send a message to T riders who passed through Jackson Station in Jamaica Plain.

“We want to show that this is our station and we want to keep improving it,” said 19-year-old Chrismaldi Vasquez. “There is so much violence going on on the T and we want to promote peace.”

Three Kings Day is a traditional Hispanic holiday marking the day – Jan. 6 – the three wise men are believed to have reached Bethlehem bearing gifts for the baby Jesus.

Jackson Station has been plagued during the past year by the stabbing of a 14-year-old girl and the rape of another young woman, as well as other crimes.

Task force members have worked to revamp the station, painting murals and asking the MBTA to update the lighting.

MBTA officials did fix the lighting issue, which has helped deter crime, according to MBTA police Lt. Michael Shea.

But task force members and locals say there’s much more to be done.

Yesterday was a chance to tell troublemakers who ride the Orange Line and pass through Jackson Station that the space has been reclaimed, said Glan Gonzalez, 18, who dressed as one of the three kings.

Caption: Hyde Square Task Force members Jahlil Farmer, Lashay Shepard and Wandy Paguero hand out `Peace on the T’ buttons at the Jackson Square station in honor of Three Kings Day. STAFF PHOTO BY JON HILL

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