A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted Jael Romero, 23, on second-degree murder charges for a triple murder at a house party on June 22, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report.
Romero, who lists addresses in Chelsea and Roxbury, allegedly interceded in a fight between a friend and two other men at an after-hours party by pulling out a gun and opening fire. Brian Tirado, 23 and Felix Garcia, 22, both of Dorchester, died, as did Ana Cruz, 22, also of Dorchester, who had no part in the fight.
According to a statement by the DA and BPD:
Romero was already facing a gun charge at the time of the homicides. He was arrested on Aug. 27, 2012, for unlawful possession of a firearm after Boston Police recovered a Cobra FS380 semiautomatic handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition from his car. He was held on $20,000 cash bail at his arraignment later the same day in Dorchester District Court. Over prosecutorsâ€™ objections, that bail was later lowered to $10,000, which he was able to post. Prosecutors successfully argued against Romeroâ€™s efforts to have that gun suppressed from evidence, but Romero appealed and the case is still pending.
Romero was already in prison when the indictment was handed down its indictments - for gun and stolen-vehicle charges out of Bristol County. He was arrested on July 2 after a chase that began in Seekonk and ended in Rhode Island.
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