Bolivar del Jesus Soto Jr., 20, was a sneakerhead, somebody for whom sneakers were far more than just something to wear on trips outside. Tonight, a fellow member of the Boston sneakerhead community donated a pair of the sort of chunky sneakers he really liked so he could be buried in them.
Soto, a Jamaica Plain resident, was shot to death Monday night on Church Street in Hyde Park - in an armed robbery.
His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray his burial costs. Both that page and his Facebook page have quickly turned into memorials. Teachers and parents at the Rafael Hernandez School, which he attended before going to the O'Bryant, recalled him fondly.
Somebody who worked with him in a program at the Hyde Square Task Force recalled:
Bolivar was a beautiful, charming young man that I had the privilege of working with when he was a youth at Hyde Square Task Force. He had the ability of lighting up a room with his charisma and smile.
Somebody who knew him through his son, a classmate at the Hernandez, wrote Universal Hub tonight:
Bolivar was a sweet boy, a classmate of my son’s at Raphael Hernandez School. A lot of hearts are broken.