Man arraigned for 2011 murder of Terrance Johnson

By Mackenzie Nichols

A suspect appeared in court on Wednesday to face arraignment on charges related to the 2011 murder of Dorchester resident Terrance Johnson in Upham’s Corner.

Terrance Johnson (Upham's Corner News)

Terrance Johnson (Upham’s Corner News)

Joao “Bird” Vicente, 26, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Boston Police Department.

Vicente, who has been serving time in Norfolk County House of Corrections for an unrelated assault and battery charge in 2014, was identified as Johnson’s killer after years of investigation by the BPD.

The suspect reportedly shot Johnson on the corner of Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place in Roxbury on Memorial Day in 2011.

The Boston Police Department is committed to solving every homicide,” police officials said in a press release. “We never give up on a case, we never forget a family and we continue to seek justice for all victims.”

Terrance “T-Bubs” Johnson, 28, was a regular around Upham’s Corner in Roxbury, according to Upham’s Corner News, a community news website.

Johnson was well-known and was typically seen “hanging out” around the area, and though Upham’s Corner News reported some thought he was selling drugs, the tragedy still prompted grief and sorrow in the community. Johnson’s family and friends established a memorial fund and decorated the intersection where he was killed in honor of his life.

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