Boston Police today identified the woman fatally shot at the Hyatt Regency on Avenue de Lafayette on Feb. 4 as Nalijah Andrade, 17, of New Bedford, and said a Hyde Park man already arrested in connection with the incident was indicted Friday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Involuntary manslaughter in Massachusetts is applied to people charged with killing somebody out of recklessness but not because they meant to.
According to her obituary, Andrade leaves her parents, two sisters, a brother, a stepmother, a stepbrother and a stepsister.
Nalijah loved to do make up, and aspired to be a beautician. She was friendly, and extremely outgoing. She loved making people smile and laugh.
Messiah Leggett, 20, left a hotel room in a hurry with two pals after the shooting around 11:25 the night of Andrade's death. Police quickly tracked them to a Beacon Hill intersection near Boston Common, where they arrested Leggett, initially on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
At the time, Leggett was on bail for an August, 2020 incident at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, in which police say he was carrying a backpack containing a gun loaded with 13 rounds, which a friend of his allegedly used to threaten people at the park.