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‘Deeply Saddening’ — Youth Program Speaks on Fatal Monument Shooting

Scene of fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2105.
Scene of fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2105.

Police say at least some of those involved with Wednesday’s fatal shooting on Centre Street were part of the Roca program, which works to keep young people out of jail.

“It’s deeply saddening,” said John Ward, director of external affairs for the nonprofit social service agency. “We remain deeply committed to our mission of disrupting the cycle of incarceration and poverty.”

One man is dead, police say, and a man and woman are in custody. One of the suspects allegedly fired multiple shots at a police officer who tried to intervene. None of the shots hit and the officer did not shoot back.

Ward said because it is an active investigation, he could not comment on the details or give information about the young people involved.

Jamaica Plain News has not learned the name of the victim. He was a man in his 20s, according to police.

Boston Police Officer Neva Coakley said the incident took place about 10:32 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 891 Centre St. An officer, who according to the Boston Herald heard the shot and went to investigate, saw one victim on the ground and confronted the suspects.

‘Nice, Peaceful Neighborhood’

The city’s top cop, Commissioner William Evans, addressed media at the scene, calling the area “pretty quiet.”

“[It’s] a nice, peaceful neighborhood,” Evans said. “It’s disturbing. I feel bad for the neighbors here.”

Several neighbors told Jamaica Plain News they didn’t hear the shots, but that there’s usually a lot of noise from Murray Circle, the giant rotary connecting Centre Street and the Arborway.

Police closed Centre Street from the rotary to the Monument during the investigation. Cops also shut several residential streets in the area, including Prince, Orchard, Aldworth and Dunster.

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