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Kendric Price had to deal with the murder of his childhood neighbor - and now his family and friends have to deal with his

Kendric Price

Kendric Price, 32, shot to death in the garage of a Dorchester home early Saturday, could have left Dorchester after a childhood that included having to mourn his neighbor, Steven Odom, shot to death at 13 by a gang member who mistook him for a rival.

Price, went to Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, where he won several awards as a basketball player. He won an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan and played a year on its basketball team before being sidelined by an injury. He played jazz piano and was a choir singer.

But Price returned to Dorchester. He got a job with an investment firm. In 2012, with the help of a Boston police officer, he started a non-profit, called the Big Business Network, that offered a Saturday-morning program to teach kids from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge about both basketball and financial services. He started a Web site to highlight the good things that local kids were doing.

This year, he became an assistant men's basketball coach at UMass Boston. He also coached basketball at the Brooke Charter School.

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of a man shot at 12 Greenwood St. in Dorchester. Officers found Price in the garage there. He was declared dead at the scene. The investigation continues.

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This is absolutely devastating. We have had a really difficult week. Every year around this time I start to worry about the coming summer months and each year it seems like I worry more and more.

- a Boston Cop

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What an incredible man. Such a senseless tragedy. Condolences to all the family, friends, and others who benefitted from his work in the community. RIP.

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where someone is shot or stabbed in my neighborhood (Mattapan, DOT) and I roll past it because it typically smells of gang/drug activity.
This seems totally senseless. WTF?
And Jassy too, just really really sad the past week or two.
RIP Mr. Price

A few days ago I was stuck at the trolley stop at Ashmont with 2-3 other people late at night when we all realized no trolley was coming for us. We started hatching plans to maybe split a cab or something and a young woman elected to just walk home rather than get in a cab with strangers, which is smart, but sad at the same time as it was freezing out and she had quite a ways to walk. It made me feel shitty for our times that someone would rather freeze than share a cab, although again, I totally understand.
Lets all stay safe and watch out for each other.

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