Two men have been arrested and police say additional charges are possible in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown and non-fatal shootings of three bystanders earlier this month near a school in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Jonathan Aguasvivas, 23, of Roxbury, and Benzy Bain, 24, of Mattapan were arrested Wednesday in connection with Brown's fatal shooting on June 8 near the Jeremiah E. Burke School.
Two other teens - ages 16 and 17 - and a 67-year-old woman also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.
Police said at the time that the shooting was believed to be gang related.
Both Aguasvivas and Bain, represented by attorneys James Greenberg and Brian Kelley respectively, were held without bail by Judge Serge Georges at the prosecution's request during their arraignment at Dorchester Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon.
Details of their involvement during the arraignment were kept spare because of the ongoing investigation; however, investigators said camera footage and other digital evidence, along with witness statements, helped contribute to the arrests.
Last year, Aguasvivas was a passenger in a car whose driver shot Boston Police Officer John Moynihan in the face. He was arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants. The driver, Angelo West, was shot and killed by police.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the investigation remains active and more charges could be forthcoming.
"These arrests mark a step toward justice for Raekwon's family, but it is not the last step," Conley said in a statement. "We will not rest until those responsible for this homicide have been held to account for it."
Evans added that he hopes the arrests bring "some small measure of comfort and solace" to Brown's family.
But family members said Wednesday that nothing can numb the pain of their loss.
"Our house is empty. Our hearts are broken," said Latasha Allen, Brown's sister. "It's still not justice because it is not bringing Raekwon back."
"It's never going to feel comfortable. We're always going to be hurting. We're always going to be sad," added Patrice Velol, another of Brown's sisters. "We're always going to miss him and at the end of the day that's not going to bring him back. We're hoping to have justice but the question is why. He was 17."
Anyone with additional information can call Boston Police at 617-343-4470 or submit a tip anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494TIPS or by testing the word "TIP" to CRIME (27463).