Mob Violence Erupts in South End; At Least 30 Injured
Linguica or Chourico? The timeless, dangerous question.
A serious row rippled throughout New Bedford’s South End and spread through many nearby neighborhoods. A number of homes were burned to the ground, and emergency services had their hands full transporting the injured to local hospitals. As Tobey and St. Luke’s Hospitals filled to capacity, a number of individuals with serious injuries needed to be evacuated by MedFlight to Boston.
What began as a simple, light-hearted tame discussion during backyard activities, escalated into yet another black eye for the city.
Manny Gonsalves’ avô, was discussing her mouth-watering, home-made Linguica with her grandchildren, when Paul Rezendes avô visiting from Fall River, overheard the conversation and demanded that she rescind her words. “Only rubes make linguica. Real Portagees make Chourico, you fake.” To which, Gonsalves avô said and we quote “Step off. Facepalm.jpg, you ratchet.”
Mr. Gonsalves didn’t appreciate the backhanded comment, so kicked over the closest tire garden, enraging those on the linguica side of the fence. “Next thing I know, there are Pops flying through the air, there are shouts of “Caralho”, and tire gardens are rolling down the driveway. One flew into the street, and a car swerving to avoid it ended up over the sidewalk, into the yard obliterating the bathtub Jesus there.” stated a terrified eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons. “That’s when all hell broke loose. Pardon the pun.”
Avó battled avó and avô fought avô in a frenzied melee of gratuitous violence. The hand to hand combat spread like wildfire. The streets were painted red in blood and paprika. Sheriff Hodgson sent in gang units to try to control the situation, as he felt the local police wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Local officials are still trying to find a solution to the ongoing linguica and chourico rivalry, some comparing the divide from Fall River and New Bedford to the Gaza Strip. “We don’t have the answers. We may have to erect a perimeter – a wall – like the 20 foot high Israeli West Bank Barrier. Anything to minimize casualties.” said council member Manny Pedro. “There’s just too much history. Too much tradition, to overcome. It will take generations.”