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2019 Boston murders: The victims

The youngest victim was just 16 months, the oldest just 16 months, the oldest 74 years. Boston has recorded 38 murders in 2019, down from 52 in 2018, although that is of little comfort to the families and friends of the victims. What follows is the annual roll call of murders in Boston. Click on a name to see more details, including any follow-up news. You can also see 2019 Boston murders on a map (where you can sort by their names and by neighborhood).

Emmanuel Molin

Emmanuel Molin

Man shot to death on Dorchester/Mattapan line.
1/1/19
Jenkins

Godfrey Jenkins

Man shot to death on Crawford Street in Roxbury.
1/8/19

Edward Mowring

Man stabbed to death at Blue Hill Avenue and Winthrop Street in Roxbury.
1/12/19
Carl Reynolds

Carl Reynolds

Two men get into shootout in Egleston Square; one dead, the other hospitalized.
1/18/19
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Gary Brown

Two shot in Dorchester, one dead.
1/26/19
Jeudy Romero

Jeudy Romero

Man shot to death on Goodale Road in Mattapan; arrest made.
2/3/19
Juan Morales

Juan Morales

Man shot on Northampton Street.
2/4/19
Rodriguez Nunez

Alfred Rodriguez Nunez

Man stabbed outside East Boston bar at closing.
2/17/19
Correia

Jassy Correia

Friends, police search for woman last seen outside Theater District club.
2/28/19
Price

Kendric Price

Man shot to death on Greenwood Street in Dorchester.
3/2/19
Maloney

Eleanor Maloney

Three shot in Mattapan, one dead.
4/6/19
Boyd and Duke

Kevin Boyd and Michael Dukes

Two men shot to death in Mattapan.
4/13/19
Brewington

Kevin Brewington

Four shot, one dead on Windermere Road in Dorchester.
5/1/19
Davis

Donell Davis

Man found fatally shot on Milton Avenue in Dorchester.
5/8/19
Carl Brown

Carl Brown

Man shot to death on Millet Street in Dorchester.
5/21/19

Richard Frank

Man stabbed to death on Tremlett Street in Dorchester.
5/31/19

Luckinson Oruma

Man shot to death in the Back Bay.
6/4/19
Woodrum

Arnold Woodrum

Man fatally shot on Devon Street in Dorchester.
6/14/19
Hines

Joshua Hines

Man shot to death on Michigan Avenue in Dorchester.
6/16/19
Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez and Christian Green

Two shot to death on Mozart Street in Jamaica Plain.
6/17/19
Corey Thompson

Corey Thompson

Man shot to death on Duke Street in Mattapan.
6/23/19
Adilson Barbosa

Adilson Barbosa

Man shot to death in Uphams Corner.
7/14/19
Daniel Vo

Daniel Vo

Man shot to death on Rowe Street in Roslindale.
7/17/19
Nunes

Christian Nunes

Two shot on Columbia Road in Dorchester, one dead.
7/28/19
Centoio

Alfredo Centeio

Two men shot in car on Percival Street in Dorchester, race to hospital, passenger dead on arrival.
8/1/19
Muhummad

Aquil Muhammad

Man shot in the head in Mattapan.
8/6/19
Dora Chaves

Dora Sofia Chaves

Woman stabbed to death on Clarence Street in Roxbury.
8/11/19
Jared Brown

Jared Brown

Bloody 12 hours around Franklin Field and Harambee Park: Four separate shootings, one in a shootout in front of police, one dead.
8/24/19

Carlos Ramos

Man stabbed to death in East Boston.
9/4/19
Dunn-Gordon

Marcus Dunn-Gordon

Man found fatally shot in lobby of Morrissey Boulevard hotel.
9/17/19
Walton

Timothy Walton

Man stabbed to death on street near Boston Medical Center emergency room.
9/18/19
Daniel Hollis

Daniel Hollis

Emerson student hits head on bricks, cement in Allston fight; family says he'll never regain consciousness.
10/1/19
Hamza Warsame

Hamza Warsame

Three shot, one dead, on Westminster Avenue in Roxbury
10/26/19
Casiano

Pasqual Casiano

One dead in double shooting on American Legion Highway in Roslindale.
10/31/19
Aderito Barbosa

Aderito Barbosa

Man shot to death in Roslindale, a couple blocks from where another man was murdered on Thursday.
11/1/19
Baghdad

Fouad Baghdad-Zouggagh

Man shot to death in robbery attempt at closing time on Canal Street; two arrested.
11/23/19

Alison Pascal and Andrew Pascal

Two children fall or are thrown off garage near Ruggles; woman also found on ground.
12/25/19
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Boston had 38 homicides. By interesting comparison Baltimore, population estimated to have dropped to 600,000, had well over 300 homicides.

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I understand many of the murder victims in Baltimore were found in vacant buildings. Boston has fewer vacant buildings.

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Sounds like someone has been watching too many re-runs of The Wire

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Thank you for helping us to remember and be accountable to those taken from us too soon.

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There's something about this photo that the democrats refuse to acknowledge. Generations of young blacks are wiping each other out in wholesale acts of violence. If there was some evil Nazi or supremacist going around killing these people, there would be justified calls for joint task forces, helicopter patrols, and the National Guard to walk the streets. But because its not that type of crime, certain people are content to bury their collective heads in the sand and act like this isn't a thing. Why don't the loudmouth politicians react with the same vigor regarding these murders? Its happening in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Washington DC. Nobody seems to care. Another note of interest is that the same people burying their heads are the same people running the government in these cities.

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The population of the city likely rose in 2019 and this statistic is down 25% from last year. Not sure what to credit the decrease to but that's a positive.

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I'd say it's unfair to call this a Democrat thing. Urban violence is a problem in cities run by both parties.

Saying it's a huge problem is absolutely correct. The solution is far more elusive. Poverty, drugs, guns, gangs and lack of opportunity all blend together to cause these deaths. None of those issues is simply solved.

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But the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The two biggest areas where we can impact this are probably education and immigration. So what do we do? Effectively the same thing year after year.

And as Carmella notes - the elected officials in control get re-elected over and over for not rocking the boat. Not at all a fan of Trump, but if we can find someone that can rock the boat without making everyone seasick with a lack of humanity and compassion - but accomplish some of the same things he is trying to accomplish regarding illegal immigration and targeting wealthier, better educated immigrants - we'd be taking steps in the right direction.

As for education - we have only ourselves to blame. We demand zero accountability, so we get substandard results in perpetuity which can have disastrous results like this in poor communities.

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Agreed. In addition to education and immigration, do forget parenting. One doesn’t need to be educated or wealthy to be a good parent. In fact, when I was growing up, some of the worst kids were those who’s parents were wealthy and educated— the doctors, lawyers, and those with the fancy houses. The best kids, in most cases, were raised by the parents where the father was working two jobs and the mother worked at least one. My father often had three jobs going, always at least two. He didn’t sit and check out homework every night, but if a note came home from school that there was missing homework or lack of effort, look out!

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Sure there are "foreign" gangs that cause trouble, but most of those killed this year are not illegal immigrants. Importing more data scientists from India isn't going to do anything to reduce the number of people being killed.

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You are living in a bubble.

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and you know that.

if you're referring to MS13, which it seems like you are, then it's a "gang problem", which has roots and solutions that have alot less to do with immigration and alot more to do with broader and deeper issues related to structural inequality, racism, education, etc..

Remember that MS13 and 18th street came from Los Angeles.

But calling it an "immigration problem" helpfully makes all immigrants seem like innate criminals, which is the point.

Immigration is not positively correlated with crime.

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It's not "immigration" itself that is the problem. It's poor immigrants with little education, often lacking English skills and frequently legal status. And often it's not the actual immigrants, it's their kids. As you and others note, they get trapped in a long cycle of poverty that leads to a host of other problems.

Crack down on illegal immigration, get rid of chain migration (yes, Mr. President, that means your family too), and move to a points system that focuses on bringing in higher level skill sets for today's modern workforce - not unlike many other countries. Not saying we can't do our part for asylum seekers and other humanitarian needs, but the lion's share of immigration should be younger, college educated, English speaking and self-supporting from the time they land on our shores. (and that doesn't mean they need to be white as the knee jerk response will be - lots of good people fitting that description in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Asia).

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You nailed it. Build a wall and make Roxbury pay for it, right?

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West Roxbury.

Bout time they paid for something.

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something about pots and kettles *shrug*

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On such a serious issue. Sad

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false concern trolling deliberately misdirecting the conversation?

and on such a serious topic, too..

#sad

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You knew my personal connection to that list, you'd be a lot less cavalier in your snark.

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...or knowing someone that was killed by an immigrant doesn’t automatically make you smart or more authoritative on immigration. it just means you’re an immigrant or you know someone that was killed by one. which is fine or tremendously sad depending on which you’re implying. but the truth is that people vote for policies against their self-interest all the time.

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But it's not remotely the point being made above that I was responding to which was related to concern about the broader issue of violence in the city.

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Your mysterious unspecified "personal connection" is not a free ticket to be publicly anti-immigrant (and, somehow, unironically anti-poor!!) without consequences.

So, my snark will continue unabated.

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targeting wealthier, better educated immigrants

do you not sometimes fucking hear yourself?

that's not at all what this country promises, and it's literally on the Statue of Liberty.

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A) it's a poem

B) we don't need masses of labor, we need keen minds

C) we can take in some huddled masses, but not the literally billions that want to come in..

Nice ideal. Totally impractical.

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remember that thing about pots and kettles? what i meant was that perhaps you should examine your own bubble.

the entire population of the united states isn’t even a third of a billion. you literally think effectively the rest of the world’s population wants to live here lol.

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And given the chance, I'm sure at least a couple billion at least would jump at the opportunity to live here. You don't get out much do you? After you've seen armies living in cardboard along the highway and teeming masses living in a feces filled swamp, you'd get it. And that's just in one country.

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It's a poem on THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. It was put there for a reason.

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That aren't valid 150 years later.

Times change. You have to evolve to survive.

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Your morals shouldn't evolve. I suspect yours haven't either.

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is not morals.

There is nowhere in the constitution that says we are set up to let in the world's poor hungry etc. IT'S A POEM that somebody wrote about something that was happening 150 years ago. It's no longer practical or relevant for the most part (sure we can play our role with refugees etc.)

In the meantime, have you done your part - adopted children from a third world country?

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I notice you didn't retract your racist assumptions about the link between immigrants and homicides. When will you post your apology? Smart people evolve their opinions based on facts.

With your current blather about it not being practical or relevant to take in immigrants, notice what happens to businesses after ICE comes in and cracks down on their undocumented employees? They can't find anyone to do the work. It's obvious that it's still "practical" for us to take in more people. As for relevant, it's always relevant to be a humane country, especially considering most of the people trying to come here are from countries we have helped to destroy through the war on drugs and right-wing coups, etc, etc...We have an obligation to clean up our own messes, and even if we didn't the alternative is making the United States a giant xenophobic fortress in a deteriorating hemisphere and how long do you think that will be practical?

Your unsourced "economics" blather is just an excuse for racism.

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Call somebody a racist. The first and last sign of a losing argument.

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No rational response to facts. I didn't just call you a racist, I explained clearly why what you are saying is racist.

Racists never liked being called out for their racism, though.

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But you lack the critical thinking skills to digest the fact that I said it's about economics, not racism. But then you say economics=racism. If I said the sky is blue, you'd call me a racist. so why bother.

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This article is about murder victims. You stated that controlling immigration will reduce crime. It is easy to show that their is no factual relationship between immigration and murder rates.

how you are using the word economics is not clear. Is this a tangent about the idea that the economy suffers with immigration? Or do you agree that poverty is related to crime?

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That was the point - if we bring in poor immigrants with limited skills and job training, and no viable program to get them skills and training, the poverty begets more problems, often multi-generational problems. It's not "immigrants are bad and kill people", it's crime tends to be more prevalent in poor communities (no matter your race) and if you bring in more poor people without a way out of poverty, it's not a good formula.

No tangent. If you want economic growth, which most do, our country desperately needs immigrants. They don't hurt the economy, they help it. But in today's economy, we don't need just arms and legs. We (mostly) need brains.

You are actually arguing against these points?

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Well again, immigration doesn't increase crime. full stop.

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full stop.

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You said immigration was an area we could "impact". How is this related to murders in boston?

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Boom - less poverty, improved economy, less crime.

There are better solutions if indeed you do need basic labor (for example, Singapore has a bonding system for immigrants that works very well).

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The income of the immigrants is not a relevant factor, because immigration does not increase crime.

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The transparent mental gymnastics you try to do to justify banning brown people from coming to this country!

You're not fooling anyone. On a post recognizing murder victims of 2019, you leapt directly to blaming immigration. Have a nice year, racist!

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I never said ban anyone - I just said raise the bar. Or are you implying that there are no wealthy, English speaking, educated people of color that can be an immigrant pool that can fill the needs of our modern society? And you are calling ME a racist?

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Despite the facts, you have insisted that immigration is related to murder. Without proof, you presume that immigrants are poor and uneducated. By "raising the bar", and selecting wealthy educated immigrants, crime will be reduced.

But you keep ignoring that years of research show that crime rates are not related to immigration. That includes poor immigrants. In fact, poor immigrants may be less likely to break the law than poor citizens. It also ignores the fact that Boston has a great deal of overseas investment in real estate that has increased rents and pushed low income people into homelessness.

Your relentless insistence in linking immigration to crime may not be racist, but the only other choice is stupid.

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https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/03/30/the-myth-of-the-criminal-i...

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/05/13/is-there-a-connection-betw...

You should retract your statement...unless you want to continue to unjustly demonize immigrants...than go right ahead, boomer.

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To put blame solely on democrats without some hard data might not be fair, I agree. However, one has to see that it’s an interesting coincidence. And we cannot deny that if forces from outside the communities where these murders are happening were to blame, we would have politicians clamoring that immediate action must be taken. The way it stands now is like they want to keep it a secret.

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Your flaming simplistic racism.

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people do care, and people do recognize the issue of urban violence. but the issue is far larger than what a municipal government is able to fix overnight.

but while you're so quick to blame democrats, i'll remind you that our republican president, republican US senate have sought to cut social programs which help to alleviate some of the problems of endemic poverty and institutional racism, all the while cutting taxes on the wealthy, reducing the available money for the programs they can't cut out entirely.

you look to the most crime ridden areas in this country, and you'll notice that they are all poor. doesn't matter if they are poor white, poor black, poor asian, or poor hispanic. poverty breeds crime, regardless of the people living in those areas. its almost as though stifling economic conditions force people into desperate measures to survive!

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I was raised in poverty in areas blighted by crime and drugs, but most of the people I was raised with seemed to be able to pull up and out of that.

That happened for two reasons: 1. we had social supports like Pell grants and military benefits that actually covered the cost of college; and 2. we weren't members of a permanent underclass subject to permanent order of discrimination in housing, education, incarceration, and lifelong potential.

In other words, the systematic and pervasive weight of racism adds to poverty and creates a permanent underclass. Then that underclass is repeatedly blamed for "failings" and punished anew. It only takes a minimal awareness of US history to see what happens with that.

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What in the living hell are you talking about? Nobody seems to care? I guess when you just get your news from right wing propaganda organizations, the violence in the inner city only gets on YOUR radar when it's used as a cudgel by Trump and his GOP minions to make white people like you feel superior...AKA appeal to your racist impulses.

1. I can assure you that people and organizations in ALL the cities you named are speaking out and working hard to alleviate these issues. Politically, it's democrats, although they are far from perfect, but vastly superior to the republicans pointing fingers and saying...see it's those black people's fault because black people are bad at parenting. Why, a quick google search shows that even our "loudmouth," fairly incompetent mayor is attempting to address this issue https://www.boston.gov/news/500000-awarded-support-bostons-youth-and-pre...

2. Violence stems from poverty and lack of opportunity. Poor people and especially "blacks" are much, much poorer than white people and have inferior educational and career opportunities. If you were paying attention 2 years ago the Globe did a whole spotlight series on this: The household median net worth was $247,500 for whites; $8 for US blacks!!! Roll that difference around in that white brain of yours. Think about what you'd do if you and your family were trapped in a situation like that. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/11/that-was-typo-the-median-ne...

3. Systemic racism is a thing so don't try to tell me, oh, if these people only pulled themselves up by their bootstraps like my family did, they wouldn't be in this situation. If you don't think so, I urge you to read this with an open mind. If that's possible. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-repara...

4. Let's say for the sake of argument that it's the DEMOCRATS that are the real problem, what are you and the REPUBLICANS proposing to do about poverty and racial disparities in the inner city. More police cracking heads? Stop and extra frisk? I'm all ears.

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Which is pushed for hard by Democrats but constantly undermined by the conservatives who have no problem watching guns flow illegally from easy access states to the cities. Because they don't care about black guys shooting each other mostly.

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We all know these shooters are not purchasing their weapons legally from Massachusetts retailers - so do you think these young men are smelting iron and manufacturing their own firearms and bullets in abandoned Boston-area warehouses????

Massachusetts has the strictest firearm regulations in the nation but not all states are created equal. We can have ultra-strict gun regulations in one state while a neighboring state(s) have very little regulation and much less barriers to purchasing a firearm and little or no methods of tracking the sale of guns by private individuals.

The firearm regulations in neighboring NH and ME are much less strict compared with MA and we know statistically that more than 50-60% of the guns seized by law enforcement in MA are traced to other states. NYC, Chicago and other large "Democrat" cities with so-called strict gun laws have the exact same problem - a large majority of the firearms used in blue state crime can be traced directly to abutting red states with lax gun laws.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/07/where-the-gun...

https://www.wbur.org/news/2014/02/24/gun-trafficking-into-massachusetts

"Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia — are common sources of firearms for most of the states for which we compiled data. Those states are also ones in which gun laws are not among the most stringent."

Notice anything about those states?

Or is there something about this clearly compiled data that you and republicans refuse to acknowledge? That generations of whites have supported the de-regulation of firearms which has and continues to result in Americans of all shapes, sizes and colors to wipe themselves out in wholesale acts of violence.

You clearly acknowledged the aspect of race - now that it is acknowledged, which is something you apparently want liberals like myself to do, what's next??? What is your conservative/republican solution? At least liberal politicians have proposed solutions to gun violence that may or may not work but I guess we'll never know because the conservative side of American politics is absolutely terrified of enacting any form of firearm regulation out of the fear that it will clearly show indisputable and measurable results (see the Dickey Amendment, 1996).

The fact is, the number of national firearm deaths would absolutely be reduced if all 50 states had the same regulations in place that Massachusetts currently has. It's just a simple math problem, really. I wish conservatives in red states would grow the balls to acknowledge this and have the courage to take responsibility.

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Disclaimer: I am born and raised in rural Western PA and grew up hunting deer and shooting guns from a young age. I am a big fan of MA's much more strict regulations and advocate for similar federal policies.

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That's really amazing how you can tell the skin color of murderers by their victims. You should consider using your incredible powers for good /s

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Everything except the National Guard walking the streets has been in place for years now. I guess you don't live in the inner city or visit much.

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"Generations of young blacks are wiping each other out in wholesale acts of violence"

All but three of these cases are individual homicides. The other three cases were double homicides. That's like the exact opposite of "wholesale acts of violence."

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Thank you, Adam, for sharing this list. It's important that the victims of violence not be forgotten.

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This is not the place or time for victim shaming, political bashing or anything else. It's a time to remember & reflect of the lives lost to violence. I pray for all of these people and their for lllllllfamilies. They are gone, but sure NOT FORGOTTEN.

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Looking through the list and your linked stories, Jose Martinez was killed in a double murder case, but Christian Green (the second victim) doesn’t seem to be on your list. I don’t know either man, but since your post is likely the most-read testament anywhere to all these lives lost too soon, can you please add Christian to the summary?

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I've added his name, at least, to the roll and will look for a photo.

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I wonder how many of the assailants were found.

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Most of the linked stories have updates with the assailants

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Emmanuel Molin**, also a great father

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Typo fixed.

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So listen... The reason why murders are down is because long standing neighborhood alliances have shifted due to various reasons I’d never get into. But being that this was happening between major neighborhoods back to back to back it sent a shockwave that kinda froze everybody. Things died down due to the fact that certain hood to hood personal relationships that were built thru those alliances delayed the inevitable fallouts. Hopefully those that have cut ties can agree to disagree, being that most of the fallouts haven’t been due to direct bloodshed. But it if you know, you know...

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