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Murder victim’s relatives forgive killer at sentencing

Two years after 22-year-old DeAndre Russ was fatally shot in Boston, his family expressed forgiveness to his killer Friday afternoon in Suffolk Superior Court as he was sentenced to a term of life in prison, officials said.

David Yarde, 23, of Dorchester was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 to 25 years for killing Russ outside a party on Tremont Street on Oct. 28, 2012, according to a press release by the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

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Yarde was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Before Yarde’s sentencing, Russ’s family offered him their words of forgiveness.

“I wish you two had just fought,” Russ’s cousin said to the defendant. “Now everybody runs to guns. All these young men are dying. . . . There’s so much violence in Boston. But I forgive him. DeAndre wouldn’t want me to be mad.”

Russ’s mother remembered the last time she saw her son in a letter she read at the sentencing.

“He will never be forgotten,’’ she wrote. “I’m glad that I got justice for him. DeAndre didn’t deserve that, but David, I forgive you.”

Yarde was convicted Aug. 6 for shooting Russ six times during a confrontation that occurred at 1050 Tremont St. , according to the release.

At the time of Russ’s slaying, Yarde was free on bail for a gun arrest from two years earlier, according to the release.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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