Investigators are looking into whether gang activity may be to blame for fatal stabbing of a teenage boy in East Boston’s Memorial Park on Christmas Eve.
Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans told the Boston Herald his department and state police are looking into whether the death may be linked to the partially decomposed body of a teen found in Belle Isle Marsh earlier in the month.
Evans told the paper investigators are also trying to determine whether the two teens’ deaths are tied to three other teens’ murders over the past 15 months that were linked to dozens of MS-13 gang members indicted earlier in the year.
“It scares me to tell you the truth, I mean my daughter’s right now playing here so I’m very concerned about it,” Victor Rodriguez of Winthrop said.
Some residents say they didn’t realize that gangs might still be a big problem in East Boston.
“I thought that it was a long time ago and that was over. I’m surprised that now it’s coming back again,” Juan Torres of East Boston said.
necn has reached out to Boston Police for comment, but they have not gotten back to us.
“Obviously it’s a community concern but I don’t really feel like there’s anything as a community we can do to stop it either, we have to just work with the police and hope that they do what they can do,” Ralph Manecke of East Boston said.
On Monday night, mourners met at Bennington Street and marched to Memorial Park where a vigil was held for the teen.