Special Reports

Two men killed in 2 shootings

Families, friends try to make sense of latest murders

A 19-year-old Dorchester man and a 37-year-old Roxbury man were fatally wounded in separate shootings Saturday night and early yesterday morning, Boston police said.

Jarris Jermaine Charley, 19, of Bowdoin Avenue, Dorchester, was shot by unknown assailants near Bowdoin Avenue and Mallon Road at about 2:35 a.m. yesterday, police said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Boston City Hospital.

Late Saturday night, Kenneth Bottary of Calumet Street was fatally shot by two men in the Mission Hill section of the city, police said. Yesterday afternoon, police arrested Frederick A. Stanley, 23, of Huntington Avenue, in connection with the shooting, police said.


The deaths were the 106th and 107th homicides in Boston during 1990, police said.

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At the Charley home yesterday afternoon, family members and friends struggled to understand the slaying of the teen-ager, who they commonly called Jermaine or ‘Maine.

Area residents told police that Charley was chased into a small park off Bowdoin Avenue by two unknown men who were firing shots at him. He was found in the park with gunshot wounds to the left side of his head and the back of his left thigh, police said. Five shotgun shells were recovered.

Police said they had no suspects in custody last night.

Charley’s relatives and friends were dumbfounded by the shooting, which occurred just outside the family home.


The victim, who they said never was involved with drugs or gangs, was expected to start a new job today and receive an associate’s degree from the Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology tomorrow.

“Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy,” said the teen-ager’s mother, Jerlean. “He never made it. He never made it.”

“He was a good boy and he’s gone,” she said. “They killed my son, somebody who was trying to do something for himself.”

Jerlean Charley and other family members and friends said Jermaine, a 1989 graduate of Jeremiah Burke High School in Roxbury, spent most of his time studying to be an electrical engineer.

“He had a dream and he was going to make it,” said John Hill, a family friend. “He was going to be an electrician. There was no doubt about it, as hard as he worked in those books.”


Earl Charley, the victim’s father, said he hopes those responsible for his son’s death are captured, regardless of how long it takes. Jermaine was the youngest of seven children, the father said.

Sitting at the family’s dining table, Earl Charley recounted the early morning shooting of his son.

He said his son was about to enter the family home when shots rang out. Jermaine ran up Bowdoin Avenue rather than try to get into the house, the father said.

“He started running and they chased him down and shot him down in the park,” said the father, adding that several family members were awakened by the shooting.

Earl Charley said he looked out the window of his bedroom and saw the commotion, but could not make out who was involved.

“They hit him and he fell and then they walked up to him and shot him again,” he said, pausing. “He was doing what he thought was best. He tried to run, he just didn’t make it.”

A short time later, police officers told the Charleys they should stay away

from the scene because of the extent of Jermaine’s wounds.

As Earl Charley spoke, his wife paced. At times, she sat to rest. “Lord he’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead. I just can’t believe it,” she said. “Lord have mercy. They killed my son just like he was a rabbit or something.”

Jerlean Charley held the business card her son had from a recruiter at Unitrode Corp. in Watertown. On the back of the card was written, “Please report to personnel dept. -- 8am Mon. 9/24.”

She placed a letter of recommendation from Jermaine’s previous employer on the dining table.

“Most significant in my eyes was his maturity and responsibility,” said the letter from David Samuels, executive vice president of Planet Earth Graphics, an Allston company where Charley was an assistant warehouse manager before he was laid off earlier this year.

“In addition to working full time, Jarris has been going to night school studying to become an electrician, and it comes as no surprise that he is doing well,” Samuels wrote.

The small park where Jermaine was shot was the scene of a football game between about a dozen youths yesterday afternoon.

Several family members and friends stood quietly outside the Charley home as the youths played.

In Mission Hill, friends and neighbors of Kenneth Bottary, whose body was found in a vacant lot at Stockwell and Wait streets late Saturday night, yesterday described him as a lifelong Mission Hill resident. He worked as a roofer and coached Little League games in the neighborhood.

Police said Bottary was shot once in the chest and was unconscious when he was found. He was pronounced dead at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Merchants in the area who knew Bottary said they couldn’t imagine why he would be shot. One cook at the Tremont House of Pizza on Mission Hill said Bottary had stopped in about 9 p.m. last night for a cup of coffee and a submarine sandwich, but had no idea where he was going.

“This is very sad,” said John Gillow, a family friend whose 10-year-old daughter plays on the team that Bottary coached. “He was always willing to take a kid aside and help a kid out. If a kid struck out, other coaches might have yelled at them, but Kenny would always tell them it was OK. I know a lot of kids who will miss him.”

There was no answer at Bottary’s home yesterday, but neighbors said he was married and the father of a little girl named Jennifer who was 3 or 4 years old. Gillow said he often spotted Bottary around the neighborhood carrying his daughter in a back carrier.

“He loved kids,” said a friend involved with the Little League team, who asked not to be identified. “He said he wanted to be involved with coaching baseball until his own daughter got old enough to play.”

She described him as a good-natured “gentlemanly” man with a “tough”

exterior. “He was an upfront guy,” said Gillow, who speculated that Bottary was shot after a robbery attempt.

“He’s a tough boy, built solid,” said Gillow. “He could handle himself. He would have fought someone who tried to rob him.”