Ashmont murder victim leaves young daughter

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Augusta "Gus" Mims, 20, who was fatally stabbed early on March 1 at 744 Washington St., also leaves his parents, five brothers and a sister.

A viewing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, will be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.

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    RIP

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    Ashmont in the afternoon has major problems. I was taking the trolley home Friday afternoon and kids and cops were running all over the place,the trolley driver said it was the weekly gang beatdown

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    bitch nobody cares what

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    bitch nobody cares what Ashmont has going on for one and for two your reading what a paper is saying and running with it..... RESPECT MY FUCKING FRIEND NOBODY ON HERE can dear to understand what his family and friends is going through! Wont you fucking loose someone close to you and have to take them to the grave and the way to feel that person alive is memories.

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    Really, Brittney? Do you

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    Really, Brittney? Do you think you are the only one who has lost someone to a violent crime? I grew up by Ashmont Station and Ashmont Station has changed over the years. I believe that the person who responded was only pointing out the fact that Ashmont Station has become a dangerous place. I am sorry for the tragic loss of your friend, because it truly is very sad, but you should not degrade someone else for stating their opinion.

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    Incident was up the street from Ashmont station

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    But I agree the area around the station is prone to outbreaks of violence. There was quite the debate in a another UH thread recently regarding Peabody Square's safety. I'll say it again:

    I use commute thru the station and don't live to far away and I'm on my toes, literally and figuratively, when I'm in the area. I wouldn't call it a necessarily bad area by any means but there are some bad actors moving thru. It only takes one encounter to change everything.

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    thanks, Brittany

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    for providing a prime example of the mentality that leads to murders. Stay classy.

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    RIP, young man

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    And condolences to his family.

    Very sad.

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    Why Ashmont? when it happened on Washington Street?

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    Adam, why is the title Ashmont Murder victim if it happened on Washington street?
    did the fight start at ashmont station? Also Brittney's comment above is a prime example of why public transportation gets dicey just around the time when all the loud, unruly, swearing teenagers get out of school. Even if they aren't out to cause any trouble it can be intimidating to be around.
    Ashmont station on the whole is not dangerous at least no more than any of the hubs where said teenagers congregate.

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    Ashmont isn't just the name of a T stop

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    Ashmont is a neighborhood and Mellen Street is certainly what I would call the Ashmont area. I haven't been over there in a while but it might be part of what people who live there pretentiously call "Ashmont Hill."

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    What does Mellon Street have

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    What does Mellon Street have to do with anything? This happened on Washington Street…

    Try to get your facts straight before making inane comments.

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    is Google map wrong?

    It shows a 3-block walk between the end of Mellen Street and 744 Washington Street. What is the significance here?

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    Yes, I do since I live on

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    Yes, I do since I live on Mellen street. My point was that you're mentioning of Mellen only confused an already confusing thread for absolutely no reason other than to make yourself look like you know something about the area.

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    My a1 guy

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    Rip Gus we gotchu lil bro no doubt we riding till the casket flops

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    I'm sorry that another person

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    I'm sorry that another person had to die so pointlessly; my thoughts are with his friends and family.

    But what's up with the Ashmont Station reference? This happened several blocks away on Washington Street and from what I've been told by the local police, this had absolutely nothing to do with Ashmont Station; it was a fight between a current and ex-boyfriend at an apartment party that was prone to loud parties (and apparently, tenant hosting said parties is already packing bags and moving).

    As for the comments about safety at Ashmont Station: what are these people doing to feel so unsafe at the station? I've used Ashmont T almost daily for over 5 years and have never had an issue (wish the same could have been said about my time living in the South End and Southie). It's a transportation hub that a lot of people flow through so of course there are going to be occasional shady characters but they are no different than the shady characters at Park Street or Haymarket or any other hub on the T. And since I'm not bothering them … they've never bothered me. The comment about it "becoming a dangerous place,? Hahahahaha. You're saying it was safe back in the 80s at the old station? Didn't think so.

    And as for the comment that, "It only takes one encounter to change everything,". Very true … but that's the case anywhere (see articles about stabbings this week at Haymarket, Back Bay and the South End).

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    Couple reasons for the Ashmont reference

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    One is just my continuing ignorance about the lines between neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods. The other is that he hung out in Ashmont (the neighborhood, not the T stop).

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    It's not really ignorant

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    Ashmont is a T stop and a neighborhood. I'm well acquainted with the area and Ashmont Street runs parallel to Mellen Street. If it's between Washington Street and Dorchester Ave, I would label that as Ashmont.

    For those of you who object to the reference, what would you call that part of town?

    BTW: I'm the 1 thumbs up. Sorry - too quick on the draw this morning.

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    Agreed! That neighborhood is

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    Agreed! That neighborhood is Ashmont, some say Ashmont Hill, same thing!

    Sorry to hear of the young gentleman who lost his life.

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    I agree that it happened in

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    I agree that it happened in the Ashmont area, but some of the comments were about the station, not the area. Nothing happened at the Ashmont T station so comments about the station being dicey seem odd -- and pointless. It happened 4 blocks away at the base of Ashmont Hill on Washington Street. Washington Street has it's own set of problems but they often aren't the same set as the ones people were talking about at Ashmont station. Bundling them up together just creates more confusion about an area of the city that already confuses the heck out of people (as evidenced by all the comments on UH whenever there's a post about the area) and some of the posts here.

    Since you asked, most in the immediate area consider Washington to be the breaking point of Ashmont Hill … so if you're on the west side of Washington St., it's often considered Codman Square or sometimes "Ashmont area" (I've seen this more regularly now as the Ashmont area gets more popular and rent/home prices continue to climb) but not Ashmont Hill, Ashmont Slope, Peabody slope, Ashmont-Adams, Adams Village, etc. As for the comment about it being "pretentious" for neighborhoods to call themselves something, I don't get that. These neighborhoods have their own identities with their own neighborhood associations, businesses, events, etc. So why is it so wrong to call themselves something more specific than "Ashmont"? There are different neighborhoods within the South End, Back Bay, Roslindale, JP, Southie …. why not Dorchester?

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    I've used Ashmont for 10

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    I've used Ashmont for 10 years and I agree with you...its really no worse than any other station along some sections of the T...however, it does tend to get more crowds because it is a terminal and a connection to the Mattapan trolley and many bus lines - with a bigger crowd, comes the increased possibility that two or more hostile parties could cross paths. But I would think you (like me) are not likely to be around there after school gets out, around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. That's when a lot of crazy stuff can go down.

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    Condolences to his family and

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    Condolences to his family and friends.

    It's disheartening that the majority of comments are focused on what is and isn't considered Ashmont. What a cold, cold world.

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    RIP to the young man, but UH comments take their own turns

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    Condolences to the family. however, i don't think there's anything disrespectful about comment threads taking turns.

    As for Ashmont-Peabody Sq general safety, I've posted before that it's an area where I'm on my toes. Just my own street smarts. I grew up not far away and moved back close enough to use the T. Heck, I used to get into street fights around there when I was a kid.I use all the other T hubs mentioned, to some degree, as well.

    I'm not going to dwell on this, and can certainly see how people have different takes, but I think:

    The area itself is more crime prone then Park Street or Haymarket. Dorchester Ave has it's own problems, especially late at night, that vector into the problems around the T station. There also isn't an inherent gang problem in the actual neighborhood of DTX or around Haymarket. Kids, (and it's mostly school kids in DTX, that's not necessarily so at Ashmont) may run into each other and have beef but it's not close to any active ground zeroes or really near any recent murders/ assaults. FWIW, I'm never in Faneuil Hall and rarely in Theatre District at closing time but you better believe that I'm on guard when all those drunk douches are milling around looking for trouble

    I'm a big, grown man. Physical assault or unarmed robbery or rape isn't a big concern for me. I'm worried about getting shot or, much less so, robbed at gunpoint. I feel threats around Haymarket and Park Street are committed by a lot of junkie scum and I don't really feel a threat from them. They're probably not going to target me for a robbery when they are easier targets. Rambunctious teens don't threaten me either, and I feel I'm pretty good at getting a read on these groups of kids. Active gang members (criminals) are a much bigger cause of concern for me. If they're "riding" against another group we've all seen what kind of shots these knuckleheads are. And how many innocent victims have been inadvertently targeted or just plain shot by mistake. This stuff is also happening more and more in the daytime.

    Anyways, just my 2 cents. be careful out there everyone.

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    You might want to check the

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    You might want to check the crime statistics in the area directly surrounding the station before making blanket statements like this. What you'll find is that the majority of crimes are *exactly* what you're saying are least disturbing in your opinion: you're more likely to get your iPhone stolen by punk kids because you're not paying attention or witness a fight between troupes of girls/boys after school than get caught in the crossfire between gang members (who tend to drive from place to place because they live in areas of Dorchester, Mattapan & Roxbury not as well serviced by the T). Don't be a moron with your electronic,avoid being a douchebag and/or fighting with teenagers and you should be fine. Maybe I've missed something but I can't recall an instance in the past decade when an innocent bystander has been shot in the area. A gang member being followed to a convenience store? Yes, in January. Mrs. Smith walking home from the Grill? I don't recall a single instance.

    So yeah, there was a gang-on-gang shooting at the convenience store there this year (see above for description of the crime). But there have been serious assaults committed at both Park Street and Haymarket this year. I personally find them more frightening since they often seem to be crimes committed by junkies who don't care who they assault/kill if it gets them more money to get high (remember that elderly lady in Southie who was killed by her grandson's friend who broke in to steal expensive fishing equipment he could fence?)

    As for the poster who thinks people discussing this are callous; it might be worth considering that the only time that Dorchester tends to get play in the press and often even on UH is when there's a crime. Other neighborhoods get posts describing new restaurants opening, pictures of pretty sunsets and resident profiles; articles and posts on Dorchester list crime statistics even though it has all the other stuff going on as well. And that's going to anger the the upstanding citizens who are living in Dorchester and who are very proud of the place they call home. And since the number of that type of resident -- especially young, web-saavy hipsters -- is increasing at a rapid pace as they're priced out of other recently gritty areas like Somerville and Southie, you're going to get more and more people defending their neighborhoods.

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    I was discussing the Ashmont/Peabody Sq. area

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    Not just the station. I walk from the station. On the sidewalk next to the street where gangbangers are "riding" for their enemies. I'm not losing sleep over walking thru this area, just pointing out my own personal concerns.

    I happen to think a bunch of armed criminals in a car are just as likely to rob or assault a non-enemy victim of opportunity on a secluded or dark street off of Dot Ave as junkies are to do same in a T hub like Park Street.

    Mrs. Smith leaving the grill? Not yet. what about the postman delivering mail?

    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/12/postal_worke...

    Let me be explicit. My concern is armed criminals. I feel pretty good about surviving other crimes and can replace my iPhone.

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    Based on facts like recent

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    Based on facts like recent crime statistics, a person is more likely to be randomly assaulted by a criminal walking down the street in the North End (See last night's UH article, "Man tries to stop assault on woman, gets stabbed, still pins attacker to the ground") or beaten up for dancing funny at a club in the Theater District (see last night's UH article, "Out of towners behaving badly: Two arrested for beatdown inside Theater District club") or for walking home from the grocery store in the North End (see UH article from Friday, "http://www.universalhub.com/crime/20140307/woman-pushed-ground-kicked-ro...") or walking in MIssion Hill in the middle of the day (see UH article from the 5th, "Roslindale teen held on $250,000 bail on charges he shot up Mission Hill intersection,") than in Dorchester.

    The situation with the postman before Christmas was absolutely disgusting and atrocious but it wasn't a random assault. Those morons planned that, albeit badly, in the same the way that the dude who robbed the bank on State street last week (too lazy to find the actual article title but it's there) planned his crime.

    Gang bangers are bad. Awful. But bad stuff is happening everywhere and apparently more randomly elsewhere. And there is really good stuff happening around here too. New businesses, new people, new beautification projects, good schools (yes, good schools), exceptionally warm community that is more than welcoming to people of all races, backgrounds and lifestyles.

    Let's mourn the useless loss of a human being, hope against hope that these idiots learn about humanity, and focus on the positive in our community. Because there's enough bad stuff out there … and it's EVERYWHERE.

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    You're making my point for me, anon1

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    Listen, I get it, you love your neighborhood and are a booster. More power to you. I live nearby and love mine. But shod foot assaults are quite different from SHOOTINGS.

    Sorry for the caps but I don't know how else to emphasize this. The guy kicked at the club is going home. As is the the lady in the North End. I realize that this victim was stabbed but the fact remains Dorchester in general has a serious gang and gun problem that other neighborhoods don't, at least not on the same scale. People, completely innocent and not so innocent, are being murdered.

    I'm thrilled there are a few decent joints in Peabody Sq. I've been going to the Ashmont Grill since the 80's and the new owners have done a great job with the place.

    That doesn't change the gang and gun problem one bit.

    And I've repeatedly expressed my sorrow at this young man's death and my condolences to the family. Life's complicated. Threads evolve.

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    What you're talking about it

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    What you're talking about it perceived safety. What I'm talking about is actual statistical facts regarding safety. Yes, there's a difference between a knife and a gun and a shod foot and a gun but I doubt that distinction will make those innocent bystanders in the North End and the Theater District feel any better. Meanwhile, back at the ranch … I'm still waiting for that example of a person NOT INVOLVED IN GANGS AND GUNS who has been killed in the past, I dunno, decade?

    No one would ever suggest that there aren't definitely big issues that need to be addressed but I, for one, would like to focus on the upswell of positive momentum in the area and let the BPD continue to do the great job they've been doing recently of getting those guns off the streets rather than scare-monger and perpetuate a reputation that hasn't been fairly earned since the mid-80s.

    Perception and reality my friend; they're two different things.

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    I should add that

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    I should add that UniversalHub does an infinitely better job of covering Dorchester in its entirety than the local paper/tv new sources.

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    I should add that

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    I should add that UniversalHub does an infinitely better job of covering Dorchester in its entirety than the local paper/tv new sources.

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    Riding?

    Does this phrase refer to motorcycles, or something else?

    If they're "riding" against another group

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    Would it be possible to not

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    Would it be possible to not include the comments that clearly foment continued violence? If they're referencing the continuation of this kind of useless violence, then perhaps they shouldn't be given an audience on this site?

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    Wow...

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    Violence reaches everywhere in the world. Regardless of where it happened it's not bringing my friend back. The paragraphs and ongoing back to back debates about the area are irrelevant plus it didn't even happen at Ashmont. Either way look at the big picture, he was 20 with tons of loved ones who will never feel the same and a daughter who is his mirror image growing up without her father. So please spare us the "gang violence paragraphs" send your condolences and keep the negativity & irrelevance to yourselves.
    Please and thanks

    BoxWorld #718.

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    Box Life forever

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    This is why society is the way it is now. Instead of spreading love and showing sympathy for him and his family and friends who truly know Gus and knew the man who he was and was determined on becoming y'all are too worried about where the incident took place or where he was from or his background which is all irrevelevant to anyone who doesn't know the good in Gus the loving, caring, kind, who would go back and forth with you one minute but never turn his back on you in a time of need. He was a well respected Father, son, brother, and friend. Most of all he was loved and respected by all. His legacy will live on and all this ignorance and negativity from people who will never be lucky enough to know Gus as we did will continue to be to be ignored as they continue to be miserable and spread ignorance but we will continue to spread Gus's name in love keep his name alive & always remember it's #BOXWORLDforeverrrrr #A1

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    mimsey

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    he beat my brutha when we was coming up...

    got with the LORD and forgave

    he FAST with his rage, hope his kid find a better way