Decades later, man killed in same spot as brother

Second brother is gunned down in same location in Roxbury amid weekend surge of violence

A scrap of police tape marked the spot where a man was shot to death on Harold Street in Roxbury on Sunday.
A scrap of police tape marked the spot where a man was shot to death on Harold Street in Roxbury on Sunday.

Twenty-one years ago next month, Darrell Marriro was outside his family’s three-decker on Harold Street in Roxbury when three men drove by and opened fire, striking the 32-year-old in the chest.

He staggered down the street, collapsed, and died on a nearby corner.

On Sunday, his younger brother met the same fate, at precisely the same spot. The 48-year-old handyman identified by relatives as Craig Marriro was outside the family home, at 131 Harold St., when he was shot multiple times around 11:30 p.m., officials said.


He staggered away in the opposite direction that his brother took, collapsing at the corner of Harold and Harrishof streets, where another brother pleaded with him to fight for his life.

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“His brother was standing right here over him,” said Randy Green, a neighbor who watched Charles Marriro tend to Craig and tell him: “Just hang in there. Keep talking to me.”

The killing — just two houses away from where community and civil rights activist Melnea Cass lived — capped a violent weekend in Boston. Another man, Michael DePina, was shot dead Friday on Taft Avenue in Dorchester, and three people were wounded in two separate shootings in Dorchester and Roxbury.

The shooting on Harold Street was the 26th homicide this year, compared with 19 at this time last year, and was the second homicide in Boston over the weekend. It was also the third time since 2012 that gun violence took a life in front of 131 Harold St., which has been owned by Craig Marriro’s mother, Judith, since 1978.

“There’s been three murders in a row, back to back to back,” said Mark Sutherland, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1995. “It’s been years that there’s been problems on this street.”


Police Commissioner William B. Evans said Monday evening that 32-year-old Derrick Wood will be charged with murder for the lastest Harold Street killing. Evans said police had recovered the weapon they believe was used. Authorities have not publicly named the victim.

“Our officers were close by and quickly reacted,” Evans said. “We have a lot of resources in that area because we have had some violence in the past.”

Sources: Poston Police; Assessing Department; Marriro Family

Evans said investigators don’t know whether the victim was targeted, or what motivated the attack.

Police arrested Wood Sunday night after the Toyota Solara in which he allegedly was a passenger crashed into parked vehicles on Devon Street in Dorchester, officials said.

As police searched for a car that witnesses reported speeding away from the shooting, officers spotted the vehicle running a red light at the intersection of Crawford Street and Humboldt Avenue and started to follow it. As the vehicle turned onto Devon Street, officers matched the witnesses’ description of the car that may have been involved in the shooting, prosecutors said.


After officers activated their lights, the Toyota drove to the left and up onto the sidewalk to pass a tow truck, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

The Solara drove through two more stop signs, nearly hit a building on Blue Hill Avenue, and then crashed into three parked cars on Devon Street, prosecutors said. Two men jumped out and ran off through the neighborhood, prosecutors said.

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Boston Police Sergeant Detective Tim Horan investigated at an Akron Place apartment in, Roxbury, where a man was shot.

Police recovered a handgun and loaded magazine a short distance from the passenger-side door and chased Wood. He appeared Monday in Dorchester District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and trespassing. The second passenger eluded officers.

Wood, who has multiple drug convictions on his criminal record, was also charged with being an armed career criminal, prosecutors said.

A judge set bail at $250,000 cash. His attorney, David Grimaldi, declined to comment.

On Friday night, relatives said 29-year-old DePina was shot to death on Taft Street about 8:40 p.m. in Dorchester. He was found lying on the ground near an overturned motorcycle.

Three other men were wounded in two separate shooting incidents this weekend. There was a double shooting in Dorchester Saturday around 11 p.m. on Bailey Street. Both victims, men in their 20s, are still alive.

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Residents gathered at a memorial on Taft Street in Dorchester where Michael DePina was killed Friday.

At 12:15 p.m. Sunday, a man in his 20s was shot while inside a residence at Akron Place in Roxbury and was rushed to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries.

While homicides are up in Boston this year, Evans said, there have been 31 fewer shootings, both fatal and nonfatal, so far this year when compared to the same time in 2013. Authorities have taken 629 firearms off the street so far in 2014 through a gun buyback program and police operations, said Sergeant Michael McCarthy, a police spokesman. There were 667 firearms seized in 2013, he said.

At the Marriro family home Monday, Craig’s brother Charles, and mother, Judith, met with mourners but declined to comment.

Outside the home sat Craig Marriro’s Viaggo scooter, which he had taken out before the shooting, and stuffed animals honoring Fitz Paul Robert, who collapsed there after being fatally shot on Dec. 28, 2012.

No arrests have been made in Robert’s death or that of Perris Haynes, who was fatally shot at the same location on July 20, 2013, said David Estrada, a police spokesman.

“We all are good people,” said Green, the neighbor who witnessed some of Craig Marriro’s final moments. “It’s just this gang violence. You only got a selected few that make it bad.”


1993: Man called victim of nights on street

Map: Boston homicides in 2014

Video: Scene of Roxbury shooting

Judith Marriro, on the porch of her home at 131 Harold St., grieved for her son Darrell in 1993.
Judith Marriro, on the porch of her home at 131 Harold St., grieved for her son Darrell in 1993.

John R. Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Laura Crimaldi can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.