Latest Dorchester murder victim IDed as former gang member implicated in shooting death of 10-year-old girl

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Boston Police today identified the man gunned down at Dorchester Avenue and Roseland Street as Cordell McAfee, 22.

McAfee was the state's star witness in the first case against gang members for the shocking death of 10-year-old Trina Persad in 2002. At trial, McAfee, himself only 15 at the time of her death, testified he and other members of his gang went in search of some rival gang members to avenge a shooting attempt. McAfee testified that when they found them on a Roxbury basketball court, a member of his gang opened fire with a shotgun - hitting Trina instead.

McAfee could have been charged with murder himself but was allowed to plea guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for his testimony - which failed to help convict the man charged with being the driver (a second man in the car was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder).

In 2007, McAfee, still an alleged gang member, was arrested on a gun possession charge but was freed when a Boston cop wasn't summoned for pre-trial hearings on his case.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office said investigators do not believe there is any connection between the Persad case and McAfee's murder.

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    OH BOY!!

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    After he told on all his friends, little Chu-Chu shot dead in Dorchester.... He had a better chance of doing 15-25, at least he'd been 7 years in and still alive.... God's the final judge~

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    Should have kept him mouth shut

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    He did have a better chance not snitching. He should have known his fate. Now his mother lost years of his life why he was in witness protection and still never got a chance to really raise her son. Feel bad for the mother and his sister. My prayers go out to the Presad family as well.

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    His scumbag "friends" deserved to be snitched on

    In fact, as soon as they realized they killed an innocent little girl they should have just turned themselves in. To the extent that this kid was involved in the crime he should have done time himself. If there's any element of "divine retribution" in this it's certainly for Trina, not the idiotic gangbangers he testified against.

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    I don't give a fuck. he

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    I don't give a fuck. he treated me good that is my daddy til the day i die and i love him and his family.may his sole rest in peace. I LOVE YOU CORDELL MACAFEE. your numba 1 baby girl

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    You should give a fuck

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    You just asked that his shoes have a good afterlife.

    Get an education and grow up. Your "daddy" helped kill a 10-year old and got himself killed over what? "Respect"? "Turf"? Congratulations.

    "Sole" could have been a fish

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    Could have been inspired by Wee-Bay on "The Wire", who was a gangsta by night and kept up a pretty impressive home aquarium by day.

    Its not as easy as you think,

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    Its not as easy as you think, life for us is much harder than most.

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    Imagine that

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    I'd imagine it would be harder if you choose not to improve yourself and instead act irresponsibly. When you choose to behave poorly and require the cops to maintain order, then you only have yourself to blame for how oh-so-hard your life gets.

    Besides, if your life is so tough then eat a bullet yourself, don't shoot up your neighbors. Imagine how hard that girl's parents' lives were ... and NOW how hard has their lives been become without her any more?

    Whatever difficulty there is in life can be overcome with effort. Gangbanging may seem like an easier way but in the end it just makes life harder...and shorter. It's just not an answer.

    Get the facts straight

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    He didnt help kill any one casue he didnt pull the trigger if you read about what happened. Plus he didnt have to say shit if that is the case and then no one would have know shit untill one of the other boys said something. So I give him props and fuck the haters and they can keep on hating cause he was on his grown man now how all these other dudes need to be and grow up and take responsibility!

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    You might want to talk to a criminal lawyer about that

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    I don't know about other states, but in Massachusetts, he could have faced murder charges under the "joint venture theory," basically, that by his presence and actions, he would have been as guilty as the person who actually pulled the trigger. But he agreed to turn state's evidence in exchange for a far reduced sentence.

    As a kid he was already out of control...

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    Running around the neighborhood with his little knucklehead friends, terrorizing the kids and even the adults. No direction from his parent(s). Any adult that spoke to him about his behavior was likely to have a rock or three thrown through the window. Or a loud and obnoxious visit from his "mother". So he grew up to be a gangbanger - Big surprise there! I blame the lack of positive adult role models - male OR female - and the horrible atmosphere in those C-Road apartment buildings and the neighborhood in general. I raised my kids there, I know it is hard. But we escaped, we were lucky. Poor little Chu-Chu. May God rest your soul. Our kids deserve better. When are we going to give it to them?

    the best big brother ever

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    its crazy how everybody has sumthing to say about my bro when yall dont kno shyt about him he got his shyt together and was doin everything he had to do for him and his family had a stable job and a stable home and if he wasnt in a gang he got caught up behind sumbody elses doing people just shoot for no reason and they dont even kno who they aiming at they to take target practice i luv and miss u big bro until we meet again

    R.I.P.

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    ya ll say what you want but unless you knew him personally ya ll aint got nothing to say as far as im concern its easy to judge on the outside that was my first true love r.i.p. terrell i love you forever and always

    OK RUNNING AROUND AS A KIDD

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    OK RUNNING AROUND AS A KIDD WHO EVER U R U ASSHOLE I BET YOU WILL COME TO THE SERVICE AND SIT YOUR BROKE ASS DOWN AND NEVER SPEAK OUT,AND EAT THE FUCKIN FOOD ,IF YOUR DAMM ASS COMES BRING A DISH BITCH AND FIND THE FACTS,

    you speak so u know the

    you speak so u know the family talkin shit but you will come to the service and act like you care stay your ass home bitch u r no friends,must had a run in with the mom....so say something out loud and i wish you luck you silly ass,never been had a husband,staying on the rd,with 3 kids and 3 different fathers,looking out the window ass..plz sta home on monday,one look at u and i can pick u out...

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    Congratulations

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    Your attitude is the kind of crap-headed stupidity that ended up getting this guy killed in the first place. He was a fool to be anywhere near a guy who felt he needed to start the shooting that ended up killing the 10 year old. The guy who killed him was a fool for feeling he needed to do something about him.

    The upcoming services aren't about you. Leave your damn neighbors alone; who cares what they say about anything? Go grieve for your loss and support the family of the deceased by helping them through the darkness. Threatening to beat up some one over what they have to say about any of this doesn't support them in any way. Go improve yourself so you don't post crap like this that makes you sound like you have the education of a 5 year old.

    Grow up, move on, and improve the atmosphere.

    R KAZT BITCH GET A JOB

    shut the fuck up there family can post what they want ,see kazt you live on the road still done ,3 kid by 2 different woman never payed support,maybe you went to college Jr college so u had alot to say about who did you watch him grow for 22 years did you know his day to day thing he did no ,no more post from no one.asshole he a was hero........SO FOR THE LAST TIME TO ALL YOU ASSHOLE JUST FOR FINDING THIS SHIT YOU ALL ARE A BIGG SHITHEADS NIGGERS,WHY WHY DID YOU FEEL YOU HAD TO LOOK UP HIS NAME?ASK YOURS SELF THAT AND GET A LIFE FUCKIN TALKIN ABOUT THE SHIT IN SAY IS SILLY FUCK U .......U HAVE I MOST COMMENTS GET A FUCKIN LIFE.........................................................PUT THE WEED DOWN

    If you put half that energy ...

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    into looking at your own life and bad choices, you wouldn't be here in ALL CAPS telling us what we already know. You're a loser, you hang with losers, and you will keep on losing until your loser attitude changes.

    AND

    I WROTE THAT LATE LAST NIGHT AND YOU REPLY AFTER WHY R U HERE DID YOU ASK YOUR SELF I KNOW WHY IAM HERE,WHY R U SITTING BY YOUR LAPTOP ALLNITE AGAIN GET A LIFE....AND IF U HAVE ANY LIFE OF YOUR OWN AND A JOB...WHY DO U CARE SO MUCH ABOUT ALL THIS BULL SHIT ?WHAT IS YOUR TAKE IT THIS ?WHY DO U CARE SO MUCH FOR THE McAfee FAMILY,MYOBSEEYA.AGAIN PPL DO NOT COME AND ACT SAD WHEN U HAD TO GO ON THE NET SO THAT TELLS ME WHAT TYPE OF PERSON U R .SAD,AND LOOKING FOR WHAT?info on CORDELL?WHAT MADE YOU SEE HHHMMM LET SEACH THE NET FOR INFO JUST SAD.HIS MOM PUTS HIM IN THE GROUND PPL........MYOBSEEYA GOT A JOB AND HOME,A CAR AND A DRIVEWAY TO PULL IN AFTER WORK,AND MOSTLY A LOVING FAMILY..

    Sorry, what?

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    I'm done trying to read your half-assed attempt at spelling and grammar. If you want to tell me anything, then try typing it clearly. Otherwise, you're just reinforcing what I've already said above.

    Like 2pac said only God can judge me

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    We all make mistakes and have to live with those mistakes. It's all about what you do with your time here on Earth. Things happen for a reason. He is with God now and hopefully this will be an example to those who knew him of what to stay away from. I commend him if he told the truth about the murder but in the end it's not my place to judge whether he was right or wrong. May he rest in peace and may we continue as people to learn to love one another and stop being so hateful.

    Peace.

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    Gang violence needs to come to an end. Cordell wasn't just a "gang-banger." Cordell was a friend,a son, a brother, and a student. He had potential in this world. It is terribly saddening to see yet another young man murdered by a bullet. Cordell was a great person, very funny kid and he will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Cordell. I am thankful to have had the chance for you to be apart of my life.

    Rest In Peace Chu Chu!

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    Cordell was a misunderstood child and a product of his environment. I pray that all of his sins are forgiven and he is with OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN! I am not aware of all of the facts in the case, but I knew Chu Chu since he was a baby and knew the kind of life that he lived. His life should be a lesson to other young adults. Yes - he made some bad decisions, but he did attempt to redeem himself within the last years of his life. It's too bad that we were not able to see the man that he could have become. I pray for his family and friends and hope they find closure with his death. For everyone who posted something, your opinions and comments are acknowledged and appreciated - despite your background.

    God Bless!

    To those of you talkin shit

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    To those of you talkin shit about my boy c-mac who didnt even kno him i will fuck u cordell was a loyal friend and had a good heart he was only fifteen when that girl got shot he was still a kid and he never pulled no trigger he would've been twenty three in three days no one here ever made some fuckin mistake when they were a kid eight years ago its a dog eat dog world e=thug mother fuckers get the facts straight i will send god on you

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    Dog eat dog world

    As long as you're talking to God, why don't you ask for a little guidance for yourself? It sounds like you're headed for the same death.

    I will feel free to disparage you, your friends, your family, whoever I feel like. If your response to that is violence or threats, then you've got a problem that will likely kill you in the end. It's punks like you who killed your friend. If you want to stop the killing, stop being a punk. Stop hanging around with punks. Move somewhere else, and get yourself some education and a job.

    A dog eat dog world should only concern you if you're a dog.

    You clearly didn't know c-mac

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    You clearly didn't know c-mac and don't know anything about the situation other than what you've read. I live hours away from dorchester in a small town and i got a full time job so don't tell me to move away or tell me i need guidance. You hide behind the name "sock puppet" saying I will feel free to disparage you, your friends, your family, whoever I feel like. You obviously are the one who needs guidance because you clearly are a heartless fuckin loser who wouldnt take time to think about the people you will 'feel free' to disparage who are mourning for a lost brother and friend. Sorry if anger is a bad first reaction to have when i see people like you talking about a dead friend because you clearly have nothing better to do. Cordell was a loyal man and he was making a good change in his life and its a shame to see people like you are coming on here and talking down about him, and you didnt even know him? The streets may have taken him but hes in God's hands now and nothing you say or do can change who he was and the lives he impacted, fuck you.

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    The streets didn't take him

    He took himself to the streets. A gang-banger involved in the murder of a 10-year old.

    Go ahead and put "loyalty" on the other side of the scale. The needle still points to Hell.

    I hope you are living a different life, and will not join him there.

    Hell is on earth

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    Who are you, you must be related to that poor little girls family huh.
    Bad things happen to good and bad people too. You should really
    Becareful what you post on line, anyways god bless you.

    fuck all you talking shit and

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    fuck all you talking shit and for the bitch that don't even know his name get lost. no matter what i don't believe he did it and real talk he took care of me. i grew up wit him so . cordell will never be forgotten and to his mom and sis ya'll kno i love ya'll .

    r.i.p big bro c.mac

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    fuck niggas who talkin bout my big bro c.mac i knew him for a long time he was a real nigga for all yall niggas on this shit talkin bout he was wrong fuck yall if yall was in his shoes yall wud be scared i love my bro chooch that was my ride or die bro

    my babe

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    its been so long i really didn't blieve it but tough times dont last tough people do. we'll meet again. until that day he hoolds the key to my heart 3 kisses 2 hugs 1 luv

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    like 2pac said ...people come

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    like 2pac said ...people come back after all these yrz i wish dude would of just took his time like a real G never ride