When Andre Timothee moved with his wife Benine and kids, to US after surviving the Haiti earthquake, little did he know that he would end up losing his wife to gun violence.
On October 29, 2016, Benine was walking towards the community center where she learned English when she was shot at. But Benine wasn’t even the target of the attack. Police believed that another teenager who was injured in the attack, was the target of the shooter but one of their bullets hit Benine who was just a bystander in the conflict.
At about 2:27pm, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for two people shot in the area of 152 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located two victims suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Benine, who was one of the victims, was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a teenager, was treated for a non-life threatening injury.
Andre, who is supporting the family with two low-paying jobs, is now trying to meet ends and the family doesn’t even have enough to cover the funeral costs. In an attempt to give Benine a proper funeral, Andre has set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise money.
Police are still searching for the shooter and asking the community to step up with information. In case of any information, contact detectives assigned to Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470