E. Bridgewater: Mother of 2004 Red Sox pepper spray shooting victim says police are ‘better controlled’

In the nine years since East Bridgewater native Victoria Snelgrove was killed in 2004 during Red Sox victory celebrations against the Yankees, her mother says police have changed their ways.

“I think the lessons are the fact that they are definitely better controlled, and they have more police presence out there, but they’re handling it in a…an easier manner,” says Dianne.

Dianne Snelgrove says she knows police didn’t intend to kill her daughter. But she felt a bit nervous going into Wednesday night’s victory celebrations.

“I was concerned; I just hoped everybody would act responsibly. And from what I understand everything went pretty well,” says Dianne.

The Snelgroves say they’re trying to continue Torie’s spirit of enhancing the lives of others through the fund in her memory.

“Very proud of the fact that we have been able to do six playgrounds in her memory, and various others things along with scholarship. This gives us a source of comfort, but, everyday that goes by we miss her and it doesn’t end. We miss her more than words could ever express,” says Dianne.

The ribbon was cut earlier this month on the sixth playground built through the Torie Fund, at the Bridgewater Girls Softball fields.

Victoria, a junior at Emerson College in 2004, died after being shot in the eye by a pepper spray projectile by police while attending a Red Sox celebration in the Boston streets. Police have estimated that 60,000  to 80,000 people took to the Boston streets that night.

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