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Hundreds Gather to Honor Community Leader

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 03:54 PM EDT

Hundreds gathered in Mount Vernon Sunday evening to remember Lawrence Peterson, a community activist who died two years after being shot during a robbery.

Peterson was known and loved in Mount Vernon for his sense of community.

Friends say Peterson always made it a point to personally welcome new neighbors.  He was also an activist for many causes including gay rights to clean streets.

Two years ago, Larry and a friend were shot multiple times near the entrance of his inn on Chase Street.

His friend died instantly and Larry never quite recovered from the incident.

The suspected shooter was arrested several days after the crime. He is scheduled to go to trial in May.

Hundreds Gather to Honor Community Leader

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