“This is another illustration of how hurt our community,” said Boston city Council President Kim Janey. “Violence is a symptom, which is pain, and that causes more injuries, and this on top of COVID. This is on top of nonstop fireworks. This is on top of our black lives matter movement and the death of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and many others.”
Janey lives just streets away from where 15-year-old was fatally shot on mount pleasant Avenue in Roxbury Thursday night.
His death was the fourth homicide in Boston this week — the third in Just 24 hours. The youth, whom officials have not identified, was one of three people shot at mount pleasant about 10 PM Thursday; he died after he was taken to a local hospital.
Just a couple of hours ago, around 8:15 p.m., a man identified by prosecutors on Friday, the 22-year-old Justin Cannady, was mortally wounded 42 Hosmer St. in Mattapan.
Rafael Santos-Santiago, 35, was arrested at the scene and he was charged with murder, illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of ammunition, according to the Suffolk district attorney Rachel Rollins.
Earlier on Thursday, around 12:15 a.m., 45-year-old Rashawn Washington-Clark was fatally shot in Dorchester. And on Tuesday evening, 19-year-old Tierece G. M., in Roxbury, was fatally wounded at about 14 Scheme St. in Roxbury. Three other men were shot there.
“Breaking my heart,” said Janey.
Violence also rang out at the other place. He was shot four people Thursday in Somerville; all were in stable condition Friday morning, according to mayor Joseph Curtatone. Cambridge police are investigating a separate shooting on Thursday evening as well.
And in Braintree on Friday evening, 15-year-old girl was shot and killed in South shore Plaza shopping center, causing a frightening lock on and search. Police said the victims injuries are not life threatening, and soon announced that the two suspects were taken into custody.
Buyers are hiding in the stores are more than an hour, posting panicked messages on Twitter. Braintree police, on Twitter, said that the incident seemed to have been a deliberate act of violence, “not an active shooter.”
Rollins said in a statement on Friday that the violence this week “caused enormous injury and damage” in several communities. She said her office offers resources for those who need assistance, including those who were injured and families whose loved ones were killed.
“This weekend, families and communities gather together to celebrate our country and its pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she wrote. “We cannot allow violence to threaten the values that we seek to achieve or the life of loved ones and neighbours that we cherish. Acts of violence take place in the County of Suffolk, and my office will work diligently with our partners in law enforcement and the community to bring to justice those who would take a life and a scar on the lives of many others in our community.”
Residents in Roxbury and Mattapan on Friday said that violence became the norm for them. “It happens all the time,” said one longtime resident of Roxbury, who asked not to be identified.
In the area of mount pleasant Avenue was quiet on Friday morning after a fire the night before.
“The people who live here are tired,” a resident said. “It’s peaceful in the morning sometimes, but I stay for the night.”
Angel Rodriguez, who lives on mount pleasant Avenue, said he and his mother were watching TV Thursday night when a teenager was shot and killed. They heard the combination of fireworks and gunshots, but could hardly distinguish between these two concepts.
“It was so bad,” he said. “Even now such things still happen.”
A resident of Forest street, near the Nubian area, said that the shootings to make him fear for his own life and worry about the safety of his family.
“I have children, I have a family,” said a resident, who asked not to be named. “Our roots in this neighborhood, with these people, but to kill how much it hurts.”
In Mattapan, Mildred force, who lives on the street Hosmer, said she has lived in the area since 1971 and was disappointed to hear about the recent violence.
“It’s generally safe and quiet, but sometimes these things bleed out,” she said. “It’s sad”.
Globe correspondent Matthew Berg contributed to this report.
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