Police say they are looking for a white sedan, possibly a 1986-1992 Plymouth Acclaim. They're also looking for a man who may have talked to the murderer in the 20 minutes he loitered outside the store before going in and robbing and killing Dangol, a Nepali immigrant saving to bring his wife and daughter here. Anybody with information should contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470 or the anonymous tip line at (800)-494-TIPS (or text TIPS to CRIME).
There are jobs fraught with danger in this world. Police officers, firefighters, soldiers, and others know the risks of their duties, and so do their families.
Surendra Dangol did not have one of those jobs. He worked the 11 am to closing shift at a Jamaica Plain convenience store. He was a working man like countless others in Boston, and he was shot to death the day after Christmas for absolutely no reason.
What we know is this: at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, a man approached the Tedeschi’s where Surendra worked at 783 Centre Street and loitered outside for about 20 minutes. He was seen by at least one witness who sat near him on a bench. We would very much like to speak with that witness and to anyone else who was at or near Tedeschi’s between 2:30 and 3:00 on that date.
At about 3:00, the gunman entered the store, produced a firearm, and robbed Surendra. Contrary to some reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Surendra resisted or fought back. It’s clear that Surendra cooperated with his assailant. He didn’t act rashly or try to be a hero, and for that good judgment he was shot to death in cold blood. The gunman then left the store and fled as a passenger in a four-door white sedan headed toward the Jamaicaway.
This was a shocking crime – not just because a man was killed but because he was gunned down for a small stack of bills that he gave up willingly. Surendra’s death should outrage every person of faith and conscience in our community.
Since the moment of their first response, Boston Police homicide detectives have been working around the clock on this awful case. I’ve assigned Chief Trial Counsel Patrick Haggan, a seasoned and committed prosecutor, to oversee that investigation and work with detectives every step of the way as they continue to develop leads and process the evidence gathered at the crime scene.
Shortly after Surendra’s death, we released some images retrieved from a store surveillance camera. Today, we’re releasing additional images in hopes that someone will identify the assailant’s facial features, frame, gait, or clothing. In the meantime, we’re also exploring every local, state, and federal resource for further enhancement of these and other images.
Many years ago, as a young assistant DA, I responded to the scene of another murder that, tragically, involved another Nepalese immigrant who died in our city for working hard and playing by the rules. Naveen Giri was stabbed to death in a cookie shop on Beacon Hill in 1989. Giri’s death went unsolved for more than a decade until a fingerprint, found at the scene and preserved as evidence by Boston Police, was matched to the killer 13 years after the fact.
I want to make something crystal clear to whoever did this: We will not rest until you are held accountable for the life you took. Those who helped him, whether before or after the fact, can count on prosecution as well. If you know something, if you’ve heard something, or if you can identify the gunman or the driver, the time to talk with us is now.