Woman, 34, killed in troubled Roslindale area

In a section of Roslindale plagued by deadly violence in recent years, a 34-year-old mother was shot inside a multifamily house Tuesday evening, Boston police said.

Authorities have not released the victim’s name or the circumstances or possible motive , beyond saying that she died of a gunshot wound at 28 Fawndale Road.

On Wednesday morning, several uniformed officers were at the scene, one standing on the third-floor balcony overlooking the street. Another officer stood near a plainclothes officer who was interviewing a man who knew the victim. That friend of the victim later declined to comment.


The time of the shooting is unclear, but police responded to the address at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said that no arrests have been made in the city’s third homicide of the year.

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An unidentified woman on the second-floor balcony also declined to comment, saying: “It hurts too much right now. It’s painful for a lot of people.”

Angela Harris, another occupant of the dark-brown three-decker, said that although she was home, she did not hear any gunfire or screaming, though she lives one floor below where the homicide occurred.

“It’s shocking, scary,’’ said Harris, a resident for more than three years. She said she has not seen any drug activity in or around the house.

“I just mind my own business mostly,” she said.


A man who lives on Fawndale said he would like to move to a safer environment for his family, including his 3-year-old son, but cannot because his mortgage is “underwater,” a term that is commonly used to say that more is owed on a property than it is worth.

The man, who declined to give his name out of fear, said that on summer nights the street is full of children playing.

“People here generally feel safe,” he said.

In the past 15 years, there have been at least seven homicides at the Archdale Housing Development, a sprawling complex near Fawndale Road.

On Christmas night, a 22-year-old Roslindale man was shot and killed near 20 Brookway Terrace, a short walk from Fawndale Road.