A 91-year-old civil rights pioneer from Boston is expected to survive after she was stabbed five times while walking through a park Wednesday evening, officials said.
Jean McGuire, the first Black social worker to work in the Boston Public Schools, was walking her dog Bailey through Playstead Park in Jamaica Plain at about 8:30 p.m. when an unidentified person approached her and stabbed her multiple times, reported multiple outlets including CBS Boston.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries,” Boston Police stated in a press release. “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect may have been injured during this attack.”
It is believed McGuire’s dog fought to protect her and “the suspect may have been injured during this attack,” police stated in the release.
Jeriline Brady-McGinnis told the Boston Globe that her friend fought for her life.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Elaine Aradillas