Roxbury man identified as victim in Thursday’s fatal shooting

Police have identified the victim of Thursday evening’s shooting in Roxbury on Brookledge Street.

Marquis Waithe

Marquis Waithe

Marquis Waithe, 22, of Roxbury, was found outside 55 Brookledge St. around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, suffering from a gunshot wound. Emergency responders transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to a Facebook group set up in Waithe’s memory, Waithe, whom some friends called “Mr. Showtime,” was friendly and outgoing. Waite was involved in his church and volunteered to help feed the homeless, according to photos and stories his friends shared on the page. He had also participated in a peer leadership program through the Tenants’ Development Corporation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Waithe’s family with funeral costs. The page describes him as a “son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend to many.”

The investigation into Waithe’s shooting continues, and police have not arrested a suspect in the case. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Boston Police homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Man shot to death Thursday evening in Roxbury

A man is dead after being shot in Roxbury Thursday evening.

Police received a call for a person shot around 5:45 p.m. at 55 Brookledge St. in Roxbury. At the scene, officers found a man estimated to be in his 20s suffering from a gunshot wound.

The man was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Officials have not released the man’s identity. No arrests had been made as of Friday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Boston Police homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470. Anonymous tipsters can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

South End man arraigned for 2014 murder

A South End man was arrested and arraigned Wednesday for the murder of a Roxbury man whose body was found inside a building in October, 2014.

Investigators were able to make a match to 21-year-old Victor Montes-Severino’s genetic profile from DNA collected at the crime scene, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.

On Oct. 10, 2014, around 9 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 104 Winthrop St. in Roxbury. After extinguishing the five-alarm fire, which displaced multiple people living in the home, firefighters found a man’s body inside the home.

An autopsy revealed that the victim, 69-year-old Santo Bernabel, died from multiple stab wounds. Bernabel, who according to his obituary was living in Roxbury at the time of his death, was originally from Bani, Dominican Republic.

Through their investigation, law enforcement officials identified Montes-Severino as a suspect in the case. According to the DA’s office, records from a GPS monitoring device Montes-Severino was wearing at the time reportedly refuted his alibi that he was not near the scene at the time of the murder.

Montes-Severino admitted himself to Boston Medical Center on the night of the fire with a laceration to his hand, which he claimed was the result of being mugged in Chinatown. A subsequent review of the GPS monitor he was wearing revealed that he was, in fact, in the area of Bernabel’s Winthrop Street residence.

DNA evidence also played a role in the investigation.

As the investigation continued, Boston Police criminalists uploaded biological material recovered at the scene to the state’s DNA database – to which Montes-Severino had submitted a sample following his conviction on a 2012 robbery.

Police arrested Montes-Severino on Wednesday, and he was arraigned in Roxbury District Court. A judge ordered Montes-Severino held without bail for the murder charge.

Montes-Severino is due back in court on March 4.

Police investigating Roxbury toddler’s death

A toddler who was rushed to the hospital Sunday night has died, and police are investigating.

Police have not officially identified the child, but FOX 25 reports the toddler is a 3-year-old boy, and a GoFundMe page identifies him as Kenai Whyte.

Boston police responded to the home at 23 Alpine St. in Roxbury around 9:40 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call for a “trauma incident.” When officers arrived, they found the boy unresponsive and Boston EMS took the child to Boston Medical Center. He died on Tuesday.

Kenai Whyte

Kenai Whyte

According to a FOX25 interview with Ashley Young, who says she is Kenai’s biological mother, said Kenai was visiting with his father, stepmother and younger sister over the weekend when the incident occurred.

On the GoFundMe page, Young says Kenai died after sustaining “trauma to the head and body.”

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the toddler on Monday and also removed his infant sister from the home. The Boston Herald reports a DCF worker had checked on the children at the Alpine Street home on Friday.

The Department of Children and Families, which took custody of the boy on Monday, said it had an open case with the family and that a social worker had called a care provider as recently as Friday, who reported that the boy was “well-fed, clean,” and had “no behavioral issues.”

Andrea Grossman, a DCF spokeswoman, declined to provide further information, including how long DCF has been involved with the family or what prompted officials to open a case.

Police had not released any other details as of Wednesday evening but said the investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information to call Boston Police homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Anonymous tipsters can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Gang raid nets arrest of suspects in 3 East Boston murders

A multi-city raid on Friday led law enforcement officials to arrest 56 people connected to the national gang MS-13. In a 64-page federal indictment, officials linked members of the gang to five murders, including three in East Boston in recent months.

Those three homicides, all of teenage boys, were all killed allegedly because MS-13 leaders told lower ranking members they needed to commit violence to prove their worth to the group, according to the Boston Globe:

Irvin de Paz

Irvin de Paz

Wilson Martinez, 15, and Irvin de Paz, 16, were killed in September 2015 in East Boston after MS-13 leaders ordered subordinates to prove themselves worthy by murdering rivals, officials said. Cristofer Perez-De La Cruz, 16, was killed in January with a gun, knives, and a machete after MS-13 leaders in Virginia told leaders of local “cliques” that their crews needed to be more violent, according to court records.

Wilson Martinez

Wilson Martinez

Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the murders of rivals appeared to be based on MS-13’s orders for initiation rites for its members rather than retaliation. According to the indictment, young men were encouraged to commit murder in order to be promoted in the gang. “We’re talking real young victims here, and their families are still suffering,” Evans said.

Four people are accused of killing Perez-De la Cruz, according to the Globe:

Cristofer Perez de la Cruz

Cristofer Perez de la Cruz

East Boston residents Edwin Diaz, 18, and Edwin Gonzalez, 20, and Chelsea residents Marvin Melgar, 21, and Jairo Perez, 24. Gonzalez is also accused of participating in the murder of 15-year-old Wilson Martinez.

Days after that murder, the federal indictment alleges that Perez and 22-year-old Jose Vasquez, the leader of a local MS-13 group, tried to hide evidence by allegedly burying knives, a machete and bloody clothes.

The indictment also revealed that MS-13 allegedly began recruiting teens from local high schools in East Boston, as well as schools in Chelsea and Everett.

Reddicks sentenced to life in prison for Malave murder

By Diana Novakovic

Charles Reddicks was sentenced to life in prison Friday morning after he was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder in the April 27, 2012 shooting death of 25-year-old Mariano Malave in Jamaica Plain.

Reddicks was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunitions.

In a full courtroom on Thursday, Reddicks’ family members were seated in the first row and some could not hold back tears as the conviction came down.

On Friday, several of Malave’s family members delivered emotional statements about Mariano before Reddicks was formally sentenced.

Mariano Malave

Mariano Malave

I’ll never have the opportunity to talk to him again, to share stories and jokes,” Malave’s cousin told the court. “I’m grateful for the 25 years we had, but we won’t get 25 more. We’ll never be able to see him grow old, to have kids of his own.”

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Linda Giles imposed the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder, which is life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

The sentencing came after more than a week of testimony and about three days of deliberations.


Victim in Wednesday’s shooting in Dorchester identified

Police have officially identified the person who was Boston’s third homicide victim of 2016.

Alvin Sealey Jr., 19, was shot in the head early Wednesday morning in Dorchester on Washington Street near Dunbar Avenue.

Alvin Sealey Jr.

Alvin Sealey Jr.

A law enforcement official told the Globe at the time that Sealey was “clearly targeted” in the shooting.

Sealey’s father, Alvin Sealey Sr., talked to the Boston Herald about his son, remembering him as outgoing with many friends.

“He was a happy kid just trying to live life to the best of his abilities,” Alvin Sealey Sr., 61, said of his son to the Herald. “He got along with everybody. It’s senseless. A bunch of people running around with guns and shooting people over small matters.”

Sealey Sr. told the Herald that his son worked two jobs and had a talent for playing the piano.

Sealey Sr. begged anyone with information to come forward and tell the police.

“A person had to see something — they had to see something,” he said to the Herald.

Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting and had not made any arrests as of Friday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police homicide detectives at (627) 343-4470.

Anonymous tips can be called in to the CrimeStoppers Tip Line, (800) 494-TIPS, and anonymous texts can be sent by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Reddicks convicted in 2012 murder of Mariano Malave

By Alexandra Malloy

A jury has convicted 21-year-old Charles Reddicks of murdering Boston man Mariano Malave in April 0f 2012. The Dorchester resident was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and other crimes after he shot 25-year-old Malave multiple times on April 27, 2012 in Jamaica Plain.

The verdict came after over three days of deliberations, but just four hours after a judge told the jury to begin deliberations anew after one juror needed to be replaced.

Mariano Malave

Mariano Malave

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the jury foreperson announced the jury had a question. A deliberating juror had expressed a personal reason that rendered her unable to continue her duty as a juror.

At a sidebar, Judge Linda Giles questioned the juror about her concern and reasons for a possible dismissal. The juror said she was distressed because the trial had prevented her to be able to make DCF-supervised visits with her daughter.

After further discussion, Judge Giles decided to excuse the juror due to her lack of willingness to participate in deliberations.

She’s just a very unhappy person because she hasn’t visited her child in three weeks,” Giles said at the sidebar.

The court picked an alternate juror to take her place and Judge Giles told the jury they needed to begin deliberations again from the beginning.

By 2:30 p.m., the jury had returned their verdict, convicting Reddicks of second-degree murder and possession of a loaded firearm. He was found not guilty on the armed robbery charge.

Reddicks faces a possible life sentence in jail on Friday when he appears in court again for sentencing.


Jury deliberations reset in Reddicks murder trial

By Alexandra Malloy, Owen Pence Miharu Sugie and Catherine Lindsay

Jury deliberations began anew Thursday morning in the case of Charles Reddicks, a 21-year-old Jamaica Plain man accused of shooting and killing Mariano Malave in April of 2012.

A jury had been deliberating since late Tuesday morning, but when one juror needed to be replaced, the jury had to start deliberations from the beginning. Reddicks, who is charged with first-degree murder, along with armed robbery and other crimes, allegedly shot Malave in the head on April 27 over marijuana.

The prosecution brought multiple witnesses against Reddicks, including Ian Follett, who reportedly introduced Reddicks to Malave.

Mariano Malave

Mariano Malave

Follett, who was granted immunity by the police in exchange for full cooperation regarding information on the case, was introduced to Reddicks through a mutual connection. Follett and Reddicks struck up a business relationship in which Reddicks distributed marijuana to Follett, sometimes multiple times a week, who would then redistribute the product and take a fraction for his own consumption.

Early in his freshman year of high school, Follett began buying from Malave, who lived in the same neighborhood as Follett. However Follett re-kindled his partnership with Reddicks when Reddicks agreed to “front” him 2 ounces of marijuana, allowing Follett time to pay Reddicks the $500-600 he owed for the product.

Not long after, in April of 2012 after Follett had put Reddicks in contact with Malave, Reddicks asked Follett if Malave was known to carry a gun.

Defense attorney Rosemary Scapicchio questioned Follett intensely regarding the days leading up to the murder, pointing to discrepancies in the timeframe of events in Follett’s two testimonies, o. Additionally, Scapicchio pointed out that Follett had made no mention in his grand jury testimony of Reddicks’ asking if Malave had a gun, but seemed to remember it clearly approximately three and a half years later.

Witnesses from  the apartment building on Hyde Park Avenue where Malave was shot also testified to what they heard the evening of the fatal shooting. A heard graphic testimony from Dr. Katherine Lindstrom who works for the state medical examiner’s office. Lindstrom testified about the three gunshot wounds Malave suffered, and described how the bullet to his head affected his body, with those effects ultimately being fatal.

Man pleads guilty to 2004 domestic violence murder

By Owen Pence

On Wednesday, more than ten years after the death of 26-year-old Julaine Jules, the man who killed her pleaded guilty. Shabazz Augustine, 36, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a life sentence in prison, with the possibility of parole in 15 years. 

Julaine Jules

Julaine Jules

“I am deeply, vehemently sorry, from the bottom of my heart,” Augustine said in court, addressing members of Jules’ family who were in the courtroom. 

On August 24th, 2004, Augustine, a former dental assistant from Dorchester, had his cousin call Jules in a ploy to lure her to Augustine’s home. The cousin told her Augustine had ingested poison. When Jules arrived at Augustine’s home, he suffocated her, then bagged her body and dumped it in the Charles River. He then set fire to her car. Augustine was not arrested until 2011. 

During the highly emotional day at Suffolk County Superior Court, Jules’ aunt Andrea Volcy read a statement written by the victim’s mother, Germaine Vincent.

“You left me to feel pain and suffering every day. You killed a part of me when you took my daughter,” Volcy said, tears in her eyes as her sister sobbed next to her. “You killed a part of me when you took my daughter. I can no longer share joy or happiness with my husband.”

Vincent and her husband emigrated from Haiti, with Jules’ father working long hours as a taxi driver to give their children a better life. 

Volcy, reading Vincent’s words to Augustine, expressed hope that he could one day become a different man.

Shabazz Augustine

Shabazz Augustine

“I pray for you every day,” she said, “so that God can change your heart.

The Suffolk DA’s office used Wednesday’s court proceedings to remind victims of domestic violence about services that are available to them:

SafeLink, a statewide DV hotline, can be reached at 877-785-2020. SafeLink is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as TTY at 877-521-2601. It also has the ability to provide translation in more than 140 languages.