Two men were arrested Wednesdayin connection with the daylight shooting outside a Dorchester high school that left a teenager dead and several others injured earlier this month.
The pair, 23-year-oldJonathan Aguasvivas,of Roxbury, and Benzy Bain, 24, of Mattapan, were ordered held without bail at a Dorchester Municipal Court arraignment on a murder charge, according to the Boston Globe. More charges could be on the way, police wrote in a blog post.
Raekwon Brown, 17, was shot dead outside the Jeremiah Burke High School on June 8. He was a junior at the school.
“When a young man finishing up his junior year of high school gets gunned down in broad daylight, finding those responsible for such a senseless tragedy is of the highest priority to the men and women of the Boston Police Department,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “Clearly, those responsible for the shooting cared little about who they hurt, harmed or injured while displaying an absolute disregard for the safety and well-being of every person living or working in that neighborhood.”
Two other students and a woman in her 60s were also wounded in the shooting but their injuries are not life-threatening.
Few details about the investigation were released publicly or discussed in court on Wednesday “so as to protect the ongoing investigation,” Suffolk DA spokesman Jake Wark wrote in an email.
Wark also wrote that “video and other evidence including witness statements led to the identification of both defendants as being involved in Brown’s homicide.”
Authorities said the case is still active and encouraged anyone with information to contact homicide detectives at617-343-4470.
Aguasvivas, one of the two suspects in Brown’s killing, was also arrested in 2015 after the shooting of a Boston police officer. He had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Angelo West, who died in a shootout with police after shooting an officer in the face (the officer lived.)
Aguasvivas was not charged in that shooting but had an oustanding warrant related to a domestic violence incident for assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property, according to a report in the Boston Globe last year.At the time he was ordered held on $30,000 cash bail, and a judge ruled that he would have to wear a GPS monitoring device if he were released.
Then 22, the man had served a prison sentence on a gun charge and had a record that was “replete with weapons violations,” according to a prosecutor quoted in the Globe at the time.
Wark confirmed for Metro that Aguasvivas is the same man who was arrested last year.
Prosecutors told the Globe Wednesday that Aguasvivas and Bain had both been released from prison recently, both for gun charges.