Relatives of a Dorchester teenager who was fatally shot Monday night across the street from his house remembered him on Wednesday as a hard working youth who was planning to join the Marines.
“My son was the best son,” said Mirna Luz Ramos, 50, the mother of the victim, identified by relatives as Jorge Fuentes, 19.
She said in an interview at her Wheatland Avenue home that she was in the kitchen when shots rang out around 6:40 p.m., and she ran outside to find her son, who opened his eyes when she begged him to hang on.
“I’ll never forget that,” Ramos said.
Fuentes graduated from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, where he was involved in a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, and he worked as a caterer at Fenway Park, according to his family. Ramos said he told her on Monday morning that he planned to enlist in the Marines.
Fuentes’s brother Carmelo spoke to a reporter in his slain sibling’s bedroom. The walls were adorned with certificates from the JROTC program, a poster of Marines in formation, and several hats he had collected.
Carmelo Fuentes, 27, said he often played basketball with his younger brother, who fought with other siblings for the privilege of sleeping in the same bed with him when they were growing up. He described his brother as a sneaker connoisseur who also enjoyed shopping for clothes.
“My brother touched a lot of lives,” an emotional Fuentes said.
His wife, Monica, said that Jorge Fuentes doted on her 5-year-old son, Luis.
“My son and him were hand in hand,” she said.
Boston police have made no arrests in the shooting and have not released any information about a possible motive.
David Estrada, a police spokesman, could only say Wednesday that the investigation into the slaying is ongoing.
Fuentes’s family said he was out walking his dog when he was killed, and that witnesses said he pushed a friend and his mother away from the direction of the gunfire.
“[He] didn’t have a reason,” another sibling, Jasmany
Fuentes and other relatives said that Jorge Fuentes did not have any problems with anyone.
“He was the peacemaker,” he said. “He held our family together.”
The Rev. Liz Steinhauser, director of youth programs at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the South End, where Fuentes was a parishioner, said he worked in the programs and was beloved by many of the children.
Steinhauser said Fuentes grew up in the church. At a gathering Tuesday, she said, many youths remembered his generosity and described him as a role model.
“He was a great, great young man,” Steinhauser said.
Two hours after Fuentes was slain, another 19-year-old man was shot and killed in Mattapan on Sanford Street. Police have not identified him or made any arrests in that case.
“Random shootings — it’s not fair to us parents,” said Ramos, Fuentes’s mother. “I want justice for my son.”
She said he left behind three brothers and a younger sister.
Anyone with information about either slaying can contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call 800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
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