Two Boston teenagers were charged with the murder of 16-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos who was shot in a Boston neighborhood on June 10.
Dushawn Taylor-Gennis, 16, and Raeshawn Moody, 14, were arrested on June 13 and have been accused of gunning down Dos Santos while he was riding his bike in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, who announced the arrests, said the teens’ mothers were the ones who turned the young boys in. Officials as well as community members are praising the mothers for their cooperation.
WCVB reported that tips, social media and surveillance video also helped police when looking for those responsible for Dos Santos’ death.
The two suspects in custody are set to be arraigned on murder and firearms offenses according to a statement made by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.
"It's a terrible tragedy ... One lost their life and two others have their lives destroyed also,” Evans told reporters in regards to the three Boston boys who reportedly grew up in the same neighborhood.
Police have announced that the victim and suspects who are all from Boston knew each other, but the motive for the shooting still remains under investigation. Detectives are looking into whether the murder was gang-related and police will not say if either of the suspects have gang ties.
According to WCVB, Dos Santos had recently confided to a basketball coach that he was being pressured to join a gang by other teens. Dos Santos has been described by friends and family as a great kid who did not want to be involved in trouble of any kind, reports NECN.
Police have yet to comment on whether both suspects were armed or who shot at Dos Santos, reported WCVB. “When there’s 14- and 16-year-olds running around with guns, then we have a problem,” said Evans. “Clearly this sends a strong message that we’re going to get whoever is responsible for terrible acts like this.”
On June 15, a judge ordered the suspects held without bail until a July 15 hearing.
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