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Walsh Addresses Violence at Graduation After Teen's Shooting Death

The community and those who knew 17-year-old Raekwon Brown are mourning the loss of this young man

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    The search for a suspect who fatally shot a teenager and wounded three others near a school in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood continues, and the mayor is set to address the violence at the school's graduation. (Published Friday, June 10, 2016)

    The search for a suspect who fatally shot a teenager and wounded three others near a school in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood continues, and the mayor addressed the violence at the school's graduation.

    The community and those who knew 17-year-old Raekwon Brown are mourning the loss of this young man.

    Dozens of people showed that grief at a vigil Thursday night at the spot where Raekwon was killed, in front of a store on Washington Street, just steps away from the Jeremiah Burke High School where Brown was a junior.

    Despite the tragedy, Friday was a day of celebration for the graduates.

    In his commencement speech, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he wanted to keep the focus on the 121 graduates, but he could not ignore the devastating attack.

    "To some of you, he was a close friend. To all of you he was a warm presence," Walsh said of Brown. "Some of you grew up with him. Some of you saw him in the hallways and the neighborhood. Some of you shared jokes and smiled with him or some of you even danced with him. You are grieving for him and his family right now. You're sad, you're angry, you're upset. You have every right to be, because I am as well."

    Brown's family says he leaves behind eight brothers and sisters, who say he was the baby of the family and was like a teddy bear.

    Investigators are considering several motives, including the possibility the shooting was gang-related, but say few witnesses are coming forward.

    Staff at the school says Brown wasn't known for getting in trouble and that he was loved and will be missed.


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