CommonWealth's Michael Jonas tallied up the bylines in yesterday's Globe coverage of the murder of cabbie Luckinson Oruma in the Back Bay - nine reporters contributed. Even the Herald, which barely has a newsroom anymore, had three reporters on the story yesterday.
WBZ, one of the TV stations that sent a helicopter to the scene, quoted Mayor Walsh: "This is something that we don’t see in Boston every day, a daylight shooting."
On the afternoon of Jan. 18, people in a busy Boston shopping district had to dive behind desks and cars when two men with guns tried to settle an argument by shooting each other. By the time they were done firing a total of 12 rounds, one of the shooters was dead, the other seriously injured.
The Globe sent a single reporter to the scene (he did a very good job interviewing witnesses). Two days later, an intern in the Globe newsroom rewrote the press release Boston Police issued after charging the surviving shooter with murder.
And that was it.
So far this year, Boston has seen roughly seven daytime murders (the exact number would require setting a precise definition of "daytime"), so while it's not an everyday thing, it's hardly unheard of (all 2019 murders).
Until yesterday, though, none of them were in the Back Bay. Something that is unusual might be more newsworthy, but as Jonas writes:
It’s hard to ignore the obvious disparity between this coverage [of yesterday's murder] and that given to the dozens of other homicides that occur in the city each year, and hard to avoid the sense, at least as projected by media attention, that gun mayhem is to be expected in crime-prone neighborhoods and lives lost to it there are cheaper.