Same Old Place
A steady stream of people showed their support for the Same Old Place by buying food at the Centre Street pizza place this afternoon, in a "lunch-in" sponsored by Neighbors for Neighbors. Some people have also come up with other ways to support the restaurant.
Below, Joseph Porcelli of Neighbors for Neighbors talks to a reporter inside the Same Old Place:
Friends are identifying him as Winzisky Soto, whose online obituary notes he died "suddenly in Jamaica Plain November 22, 2010."
Soto, 27, leaves his parents, Wilson Soto and Daisy Pena, and his wife, Carolina Quinchia of Jamaica Plain.
Soto died as a result of a knife and gun battle that erupted inside the Centre Street pizza place Monday evening. Soto's cousin, Johnnel Cruz of Jamaica Plain, also died, along with Ariel Dume of Dorchester.
Police have said the deadly battle was gang related and that it started with a stabbing and ended with shootings. Soto was one of the two men fatally shot and died the next day at Boston Medical Center. Police have not identified who started the fight, which may stem from feuding - dating to the 1990s - among rival gangs along Boylston and Mozart streets in Jamaica Plain.
The First Church in Jamaica Plain, at Centre and Eliot streets, will be open between 6 and 8 p.m. today "for people to pray, mediate, talk about the recent killings in the neighborhood," Minister Terry Burke says.
One of the victims: Johnnel "Bo" Cruz of Jamaica Plain. In 2008, Cruz left a remembrance for Luis Troncoso, who was gunned down at a Southwest Corridor Park basketball court. Friends have put up a Facebook memorial page for Cruz.