Victim in Friday’s shooting in Jamaica Plain identified

The victim of a double shooting in Jamaica Plain on Friday evening has been identified.

A suspect opened fire on two people in a parking lot near the corner of Wyman and Centre streets at around 6 p.m. Friday. One victim, 24-year-old Bryan Santos, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to Boston Medical Center to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Bryan Santos

Bryan Santos

Santos was from East Boston, according to his obituary. Santos’ Facebook page states that he attended East Boston High School.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover wake and funeral costs.

According to that page, which was set up by a relative, Santos “always made everyone around him smile with his silliness.”

Police are still investigating the shooting and have not arrested a suspect. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tips can be left by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

1 killed, 1 critically injured in Jamaica Plain shooting

One person is dead and another remains hospitalized after suffering life-threatening injuries from a shooting in Jamaica Plain on Friday night.

Police were called to the area of 6 Wyman St. at around 6 p.m. Friday evening after receiving reports of gunshots. Upon arrival they found two men in their early 20’s suffering gunshot wounds in a parking lot adjacent to 348 Centre St.

One victim was transported to Boston Medical Center and the other was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The victims’ identities have not been released.

According to WCVB, the two men were in a parked vehicle in the parking lot when a black Mercedes SUV pulled up alongside it and someone inside opened fire.

Detectives blocked off the area with crime tape, according to the Boston Globe, and removed a black car from the crime scene at around 9:20 p.m.

The shooting happened in an area where there are many businesses and restaurants.

An employee of Pimentel Market said he saw a man run by the store clutching his side after the shooting, and then collapsed before police arrived and began administering aid.

Police have not arrested a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tips can be left by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Boston Police Commissioner urges people with information to come forward

More than half of the 30 homicides in Boston in 2015 (as of 11/19/15) remain unsolved. No one has been charged with the crimes. Police Commissioner William Evans is asking for the public’s help to bring justice to those 18 victims and the hundreds of other victims of unsolved murders in the city.

No matter how insignificant you might think the information you have, please come forward, because all it might take is that little bit of information to solve a crime that’s gone unsolved for years,” said Evans. “We will guarantee that nobody will know who you are.”

If you have information about an unsolved homicide, contact the Boston Police Department Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at (800) 494-TIPS, or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

A plea for help from Suffolk County DA Dan Conley

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is appealing to the public for information about unsolved homicides in Boston.

Giving families of homicide victims a sense of justice and closure is some of the most important work that we do,” said Conley. “Most of these cases are just one witness away from being closed and solved. Will you be that person for us?”

If you have information about an unsolved homicide, contact the Boston Police Department Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at (800) 494-TIPS, or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).


Jury deliberating after closing arguments in Carrington trial

By Mackenzie Nichols

Jurors were set to continue deliberating Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Phillip Carrington. During closing statements to the jury on Friday morning, both the prosecution and defense revisited witness testimonies to support their arguments either for or against Carrington’s innocence in the murder of 47-year-old Celestine Walker.

On the night of May 11, 2013, Carrington allegedly went home with Walker despite the restraining order she held against him, and that was the last time she was seen alive. At the time, Walker was involved in two physically abusive relationships, said Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman during her closing statement on Friday, but the police maintained that Walker’s boyfriend Philip Carrington was the only viable suspect in Walker’s homicide.

“Walker went from one abusive relationship to another, and she brought Carrington into her home despite the restraining order,” Hickman said. “Carrington has motive.”

According to Hickman, whoever killed Walker left her on the floor covered in a white sheet and locked her inside the apartment with their own set of keys. The next day was Mother’s Day, and Walker’s daughter Ashley Lee allegedly tried calling her, but could not reach her.

Later on, Hickman said, Lee received a phone call informing her that her mother was dead, so she and two other siblings went to Carrington’s Columbus Avenue apartment to confront him about the rumor.

According to Lee’s testimony, Carrington said “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it was an accident.” The children allegedly became violent with Carrington, but they did not tell police about the incident. Walker’s body was discovered a few days later, on May 16, when a neighbor reported an odor coming from her apartment and officials responded to the scene.

Carrington’s defense attorney Martin Murphy urged jurors to rethink some aspects of the witness testimonies during the trial. The woman who allegedly dropped Carrington and Walker off at Walker’s 34 Heath St. apartment on the night of the May 11, 2013 testified that she saw the couple walk into the building, but the door to the apartment is “physically impossible” to see from where the witness’s car was parked.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” Murphy said. “You can’t always say the person on the stand is telling the truth.”

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Prosecution makes case against Carrington as trial continues

By Meredith Gorman, Mackenzie Nichols, and Alec Cheung

The murder trial of Phillip Carrington, who is accused of strangling and murdering his ex-girlfriend, 47-year-old Celestine Walker, continues as the prosecution presenting evidence from Walker’s apartment and DNA evidence as they make their case against Carrington. Celestine Walker

On Tuesday, senior forensic analyst Barbara Leal told jurors about the results of DNA tests performed on a sample that investigators collected from under Walker’s fingernails, identified as the suspect’s DNA, and a sample of 50-year-old Carrington’s DNA.

Leal then testified about the highly specific scientific and statistical testing she performed on the samples, which revealed that 99.8 percent of African American males could be excluded from the DNA profile. Carrington, however, could not be excluded because his DNA matched the suspect’s DNA on multiple levels of the tests Leal performed.

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Mayor Walsh signs ordinance banning toy guns in Boston

By Aren LeBrun 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has signed an ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces throughout the city. Officials believe the measure will save lives since residents and even police officers find it difficult to differentiate a real firearm from a toy gun.

The ordinance, signed Monday, Nov. 9, takes effect immediately and is an attempt to raise awareness of the dangers that replica handguns have on Boston’s youth.

A lot of these young kids are out there going to school, having these replica guns taken off them,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in an interview with Homicide Watch last week. “We’re not about locking kids up here, it’s more of an educational piece.”

One factor that is important to note is that imitation firearms are not simply used as toys. To date, the Boson Police Department has confiscated more than 150 of these replica firearms in connection with crimes. replica gun 2

We’re seeing more and more robberies with them.” Evans said. “The whole idea is, for everybody’s safety, to get these guns off the street.”

Mayor Walsh, whose office expresses an adamant devotion to ”providing safe and secure neighborhoods where every resident can thrive,” echoed Commissioner Evans’ sentiments after signing the ordinance on Monday.

The safety of Boston’s residents and visitors is a top priority, and I am proud to sign this ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces,” he said. “(This ordinance) will help us in our larger mission of raising community awareness and engagement to remove replica firearms from the hands of our youth.”

Community tips lead to Brighton murder suspect’s arrest

Police have arrested the suspect of a fatal shooting that took place in Brighton last month.

On Oct. 22, 30-year-old Desmond Joseph of Allston was shot and killed on Telford Street in Brighton as he helped his baby into a parked car. He died at the scene.

Gammada M. Musa

Gammada M. Musa

A few days later, detectives identified Gammada M. Musa, 25, of Brighton, as the suspected shooter. Musa had fled the area and was considered armed and dangerous, police said, and officers appealed to the public for help finding him.

Officials said the CrimeStoppers Unit received multiple anonymous tips that helped them track Musa down. Boston Police officers, as well as members of the US Marshals arrested Musa Friday in New Bedford.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “In addition to thanking my investigators, I want to especially acknowledge and thank the community members who supplied the anonymous tips that ultimately lead to the capture of Gammada Musa. Thanks to the community’s help and belief in the idea that our city can be a safer place when we all work together, a dangerous felon is off the streets and in police custody.”

Musa will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Monday.

Dorchester shooting victim identified

Police have identified the victim of Tuesday’s fatal shooting in Dorchester.

Dominic Owens, 21, of Boston, was shot multiple times just after midnight Tuesday at 15 Shepton St. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Dominic Owens

Owens’ mother lives near where he was shot, according to the Boston Globe. Owens was the father of a 4-year-old boy.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to support Owens’ mother and the funeral costs:

His main priorities in life was his young son and mom.  He always made sure his mom was taken care of by being there for her as she did for him. They were each other’s confidant and best friend.”

Police continue to investigate the incident.


Jury deliberating for 3 accused of vehicular homicide

By Janine Eduljee and Aneri Pattani 

A jury is deliberating in the trial of three people charged with inadvertently killing a motorcyclist in 2013.

Defendants Davan Lee Egleston, Victor Martinez and Cherice Garcia are being  jointly tried. On a late night in early March of 2013, the three were allegedly driving an SUV when a man on a motorcycle or moped crashed into the right side of the bumper at an intersection in Dorchester, and later died on scene.

Cherice Garcia, of Dorchester, faces multiple charges, including reckless motor vehicle homicide and unlicensed driving. Egleston, also of Dorchester, is charged with two counts of witness intimidation. Martinez, of Revere, is charged with perjury.

But as court proceedings unfolded, it became unclear as to exactly which of three defendants was in the driver’s seat that night.

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