Teen charged with Saturday murder in the South End

Ricardo Arias, 17, of Roslindale, will be arraigned today on charges he gunned down a South End teen Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Arias, to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, allegedly pumped several bullets into Alex Sierra on W. Brookline Street before fleeing with an accomplice in a gold minivan.

The accomplice was arrested Sunday and is expected to be arraigned on charges of begin an accessory after the fact to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, the DA's office reports. His name was not released because he is 16 and will be arraigned in juvenile court.

Sierra grew up in the Villa Victoria development around the corner from where he was murdered. The minivan was found not long after in the area of the Mission Main and Alice Taylor projects in Roxbury, where teens have long feuded with kids from Villa Victoria. In 2009, records show, Arias lived on Prentiss Street, in the Alice Taylor project.

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    Feuding?

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    in the area of the Mission Main and Alice Taylor projects, where teens have long feuded with kids from Villa Victoria.

    Have they long feuded because over business, like competition for drug dealing turf, or is it simply that they aren't being raised to have something better to do with their time than meaningless feuds?

    Whatever it is, it's been going on for a long time

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    Take a look at the description of the Mission Hill Summer Program from Harvard's Phillips Brooks House Association:

    MHSP focuses on violence prevention by having campers interact with youth from the South End's Villa Victoria housing developments, a historically rival neighborhood, thus giving youth the chance to forge friendships which aim to prevent future acts of violence.

    R.I.P BLANKO!

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    R.I.P BLANKO!

    As a member of the villa

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    As a member of the villa victoria I have witnessed this feud first hand and it has nothing to do with how their being raised its about these communities not doing enough for these youths or giving them positive avenues that they can use to build themselves out of this deadly cycle of street violence...we need to stop being ignorant and oblivious to whats going on..laury

    Raising

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    it has nothing to do with how their being raised its about these communities not doing enough for these youths or giving them positive avenues that they can use to build themselves out of this deadly cycle of street violence

    So what should the communities be doing, and what positive avenues should the communities be providing?

    It needs to start

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    with adults modeling that it's OK and normal to hang out with all sorts of different people and to regularly go to different parts of the city. I can't believe how many people I've met who actually state that they would never go to some particular neighborhood that's maybe a mile away from where they spend all their time. There seem to be a lot of people growing up thinking that people outside of their neighborhood are subhuman.

    Gah, that's exactly the

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    Gah, that's exactly the attitude that keeps perpetuating the problem--"it's not our job to fix the problem, it's everyone else's." Boston is unique in the number of programs and incentives it offers kids born into less-than-ideal settings. What needs to stop happening is unfit parents having multiple children without the means or the familial bond to nurture responsible, able adults.

    I think that's most of the problem right there

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    People having children they're incapable of raising.

    And single teen mothers having babies because it's the easiest and best-paying job they can get.

    Now, there's still the part of the problem in which Boston can't keep all its streets safe. Fix the benefits programs going forward, but solve the current crime problem as well. No kid in Boston should have to live in fear of getting killed by some other kid in Boston. It's just ridiculous that this is happening in Boston and we accept it as normal.

    So is it criminal business

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    So is it criminal business competition, or is it just *morons* who have nothing better to do than to invent tribal wars for no reason?

    Someone give them some Sox tickets, so they can get the moronic tribal identification out of their systems in a socially acceptable manner.

    uh, laury, the reasons you

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    uh, laury, the reasons you give sound like how youth are being raised is very much at issue.
    noone's pointing fingers at the parents alone; they may have tough jobs just to cover the rent, but the rest of the community has to step up, and that doesn't just mean EBT cards and basketball tournaments--it takes a village, bro--look it up...

    Noone's pointing fingers

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    I agree, it's hard to tell exactly where he's pointing. I do, however, have it on good authority that the rest of Herman's Hermits are pointing directly at the parents alone.

    If they were raised right,

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    If they were raised right, then they would understand that the change starts with them. Maybe these kids should just stop trying to recreate the bad neighborhoods that Mission and the Villa USED to be in, and stop saying it's their environment. Face it, this isn't 91, the South End and Mission Hill/Brigham Circle aren't exactly the hood anymore.

    Killed for living in the wrong place

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    The Globe reports police indicate Sierra had no gang or criminal ties, died when the gunman asked him if he lived in "the Villa" and he answered yes.

    Meanwhile, bail for the unnamed alleged accomplice was set at $250,000 today.