Boston Police report arresting two Hyde Park men and a Mattapan woman on charges they stabbed Richel Nova to death when he delivered a pizza to the vacant Hyde Park Avenue house they had allegedly broken into late Wednesday night.
Michel Andre St. Jean, 20, of Hyde Park; Alexander Emmanuel Gallett, 18, of Hyde Park and Yamiley Mathurin, 17, of Mattapan, are all charged with murder, armed robbery and armed breaking and entering of a dwelling house.
"Richel Nova was a hard-working man, making an honest living to provide for his family when he was preyed upon by three vicious thugs," Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "For a small amount of money, these suspects committed unspeakable acts of violence while showing Mr. Nova no mercy. The criminal justice system should equally show no mercy in determining their punishment."
Nova, 58, of Hyde Park, was found dead shortly before midnight on Sept. 2 at 742 Hyde Park Ave. His car was found abandoned the next morning behind St. Adalbart's Church, about two miles away on River Street in Hyde Park.
"His killers likely didn't target him personally, but they selected a worker who would be carrying the small amount of money they felt was worth a human life," Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said. "They stabbed him repeatedly, killing him. They fled the scene in his car, taking the money and food he had brought."
He added, "We commit the same resources to every single homicide case, regardless of who the victim may be and how his or her death is reported. But we also recognize that some murders are particularly chilling in their callousness. The stabbing death of Heureur Previlon, an aspiring minister killed in his taxicab five years ago, is a point of reference. So is the shooting death of Surendra Dangol, a peaceful Nepali immigrant shot to death behind a shop counter in Jamaica Plain last year.
"I put Mr. Nova's murder in this category. They were working men who asked nothing more than the chance to earn an honest day's pay.Their lives were taken as they labored long And I ask you to keep their families in your prayers."
The three are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in West Roxbury District Court.