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Boston murders in 2021: The victims

Boston murder victims in 2021

By the stats, Boston looks pretty good this year: Unlike many other large cities, Boston has had less violent crime than the year before. Aggravated asaults and rapes are down from last year. And murders have decreased from 53 to 40, as of Dec. 26. But that's small comfort to the family and friends of the people who were gunned down or stabbed to death this year. Here is the annual roll call of murder victims in Boston. Click on a name to see more details, including any follow-up news. You can also see 2021 Boston murders on a map (and sort by neighborhood).

Gerie Acevedo

Gerie Acevedo

Man stabbed to death on Shawmut Avenue in the South End.
May. 14, 8:48 pm
Shawmut Ave. and West Newton St., South End

Ugochukwu Anaele

Ugochukwu Anaele

Person stabbed to death outside Southampton shelter; 5th Methadone Mile murder this year.
Aug. 23, 6:12 am
112 Atkinson St., South End

Nalijah Andrade

Nalijah Andrade

Woman shot to death in downtown hotel.
Feb. 4, 11:26 pm
1 Ave. de Lafayette, Downtown

Shamel Atkins

Shamel Winston Atkins

Man fatally shot in the chest on Erie Street in Dorchester.
Aug. 28, 6:30 pm
11 Erie St., Dorchester

No photo

Fermin Baez

Man fatally shot on Mission Hill.
Jun. 7, 8:40 pm
1510 Tremont St., Mission Hill

Ivanildo Barros

Ivanildo Barros

Man shot to death on Park Street in Dorchester.
May. 28, 11:50 am
590 Park St., Dorchester

Ralph Boggs

Ralph Boggs

Man stabbed to death on Harvard Street in Mattapan.
Oct. 7, 11:19 pm
Harvard St., Mattapan

Delois Brown

Delois Brown

Grandmother sitting on front porch shot to death by gunman aiming at somebody else.
Apr. 10, 5:56 pm
19 Olney St., Dorchester

Chin-Clarke

Jamaal Chin-Clarke

Man stabbed to death at Mass and Cass.
Feb. 27, 5:45 am
Melnea Cass Blvd. and Massachusetts Ave., South End

Stacy Coleman

Stacy Coleman

Two shot, one fatally, on Danube Street in Dorchester.
Jun. 20, 8:30 pm
14 Danube St., Dorchester

Peter Cointois

Peter Contois

Man stabbed to death on Virginia Street in Dorchester.
Oct. 11, 6:40 pm
9 Virginia St., Dorchester

Tasjahnaya Dance

Tasjahnaya Dance

Woman shot to death at Bowdoin and Washington streets in Dorchester.
Jan. 22, 12:40 pm
Bowdoin St. and Washington St., Dorchester

Jahaira DeAlto

Jahira DeAlto and Fatima Yasmin

Two women stabbed to death on Taft Street in Dorchester; two children spared.
May. 2, 12:26 pm
26 Taft St., Dorchester

No photo

Antonni Diaz

Man fatally shot on Woodbole Avenue in Mattapan.
Aug. 22, 12:30 am
12 Woodbole Ave., Mattapan

Levar Foster

Levar Foster

Man murdered on Blue Hill Avenue near Harvard Street.
May. 24, 8:04 pm
917 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester

No photo

Ricardo Garcia

Man dead in Methadone Mile stabbing.
Aug. 8, 8:35 am
Massachusetts Ave. and Peirson St., Roxbury

Richard Ghiozzi

Richard Ghiozzi

Man stabbed to death outside Southampton Street shelter.
Jan. 4, 7:30 pm
115 Southampton St., South End

Brendan Goguen

Brendan Thomas Goguen

Man who was found dead at Mass and Cass hotel in April was murdered, police say.
Apr. 2, 12:00 pm
811 Massachusetts Ave., South End

Alicia Heywood

Alicia Heywood

Woman shot to death in Roslindale Square.
Jul. 29, 1:18 pm
Birch St. and Corinth St., Roslindale

Rosa Hicks

Rosa Hicks

Two shot, one dead on Deering Road in Mattapan.
Nov. 9, 11:00 pm
106 Deering Rd., Mattapan

Noel Jimenez

Noel Jimenez

Man fatally shot near Fairmount train station in Hyde Park.
Nov. 22, 9:52 pm
Maple St. and Walnut St., Hyde Park

Keith Jordan

Keith Jordan

Three shot on Creston Street, one dead.
May. 23, 10:50 pm
11 Creston St., Dorchester

Christopher Kellar

Christopher Kellar

Man fatally stabbed at Friend Street hotel; suspect arrested.
Feb. 20, 11:26 pm
280 Friend St., West End

Edgar Matthews

Edgar Matthews

Man murdered on Almont Street in Mattapan.
Aug. 14, 3:18 am
37 Almont St., Mattapan

Rashaad Miles

Arthur Rashaad Miles

Man shot to death in Egleston Square.
Sep. 8, 2:22 pm
3108 Washington St., Jamaica Plain

Jawad Muhammed

Jawad Muhammed

Man shot to death in Charlestown.
Mar. 20, 3:21 am
6 Mystic Pl., Charlestown

No photo

Name not released

Man shot to death near Ross Playground in Hyde Park.
Oct. 10, 2:58 pm
26 Ayles Rd., Hyde Park

No photo

Name not released

Woman murdered on West Concord Street in the South End.
Aug. 6, 9:30 pm
162 W. Concord St., South End

Diamonte Nicholson

Diamonte Nicholson

Man shot to death on Walk Hill Street in Mattapan; up to 25 shots fired.
Oct. 6, 10:55 pm
Walk Hill St., Mattapan

Lance Norwood

Lance Norwood

Person shot in the head on Morton Street in Mattapan.
Jan. 6, 12:26 am
750 Morton St., Mattapan

Tanaya Perkins

Tanaya Perkins

Two shot, one dead in Franklin Field.
Sep. 25, 8:58 pm
240 Westview St., Dorchester

Akeem Polimis

Akeem Polimis

Teen fatally shot near Codman Square, but body is found in Squantum; suspect arrested.
Jan. 15, 6:47 pm
29 Ferndale St., Dorchester

No photo

Diion Reid

Man found dead in a car on Shelby Street in East Boston.
Dec. 16, 12:25 pm
7 Shelby St., East Boston

Aisha Shepard

Aisha Shepard

Six shot, one dead on Irma Street in Dorchester.
Aug. 9, 12:29 am
27 Irma St., Dorchester

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Man dead after being shot and run over in Roxbury.
Jul. 5, 3:05 am
Seaver St. and Humboldt Ave., Roxbury

Javare Sommerville

Javare Sommerville

Teen stabbed to death at Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road.
Aug. 28, 9:21 am
Blue Hill Ave. and Columbia Rd., Dorchester

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams

Man shot to death at Capen and Evans streets in Dorchester.
Feb. 4, 10:00 pm
Capen St. and Evans St., Dorchester

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Comments

My prayers go out to all the victims families. My thanks go out to the magnificent doctors nurses and EMT's who saved the lives of countless others from entering the vortex of violence otherwise the homicide rate in the city would have been closer to one hundred.

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Odd you left out BPD cops who are first on scene to every shooting in the city that occurs(scene safety and all) ...I get it if you don't like cops etc etc but let's be real TQ placements and life saving measures done by police MINUTES before Boston EMS arrives has helped save many lives this year, respectfully.

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You completely missed the point of this

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I think any amount of murder is never any good and kind of a tone deaf way to start off this post.

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Adam is providing some statistical analysis and a comparison is violent crime in Boston v major cities. He’s one of the only media outlets who reports on the victims of these crimes.

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Granted, I'm is a pissy mood; however, this is Adam's site. You really do not need to read and you especially do not need to comment with your "tone deaf" crap. Adam is very empathetic and to boot I do not find it "tone deaf" in the least.
All that being said I hope 2022 is good to you and yours and you stop commenting just to comment.

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At least 80 percent. Gangs remain a scourge - imagine if we threw more resources at this problem from multiple angles? Support to encourage multiple parent families, programming snd job options for youth, and vigorous enforcement by police.

Gangs are a huge problem in communities of color in Boston, with no simple solution. Don’t we owe it to the other 80% of citizens in these communities to address these problems so they can live in relative safety?

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It's unfortunate that the word 'murder' doesn't distinguish between innocent bystanders who were minding their own business, people who lost their cool in a conflict, and people who made risky life choices and lost.

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You have no empathy or sympathy whatsoever.

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Neighborhood! You are right at least 80percent are gang related. I always say it's a good neighborhood with some bad people. The police do a great job they work hard over here. Some things will never change. I've seen several shootings and I still feel safe and. I have great neighbors and many people I stop and say hello when I walk it's the friendliest neighborhood I've ever lived in. Happy new year

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Why would you say you live in Hblock?That is not what the name of the street is. You are part of the problem. That is the gangs term they use for holworthy, humboult, etccc. When you meet someone do you say hey, I live in Hblock? You basically are claiming the gang just like young dudes out there. Parents are part of the problem

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Would love to see it.

Meanwhile 26 of the 40 murders were committed with guns. Guns make 20,000 murders and 24,000 suicides annually in the U.S. far easier, all thanks to a 250 year old passage about a “well-regulated militia.” So you work on gangs, I’ll work on guns.

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Daquelle Matthews, Boston resident murdered in Malden 11/20/2021

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