A man who relatives said was trying to break up a fight in Dorchester was fatally shot yesterday and weekend violence left another man dead in Roxbury, police said.
The attacks pushed the number of people slain in Boston this year to 20, one more than on this date in 2005 a year that saw 75 homicides, the most in a decade.
Police did not name the victims, but a woman who said she was the Dorchester shooting victim’s sister identified him as Luis DoSouto, a 25-year-old cook at the Bayside Expo & Conference Center.
Police said last night they had arrested William Badgett, 19, of Mattapan, and Darnell Ricks, 18, yesterday morning after they were stopped with a firearm. Police subsequently investigated their ties to DoSouto’s killing and charged them in connection with the slaying.
Police said Badgett has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and Ricks with being an accessory after the fact to a murder.
At about 2 a.m. yesterday, DoSouto was at a house party on Hamilton Street in Dorchester, across the street from his house, when an argument broke out between two unidentified people, said the sister, Tereza DoSouto.
Luis DoSouto tried to intervene, she said. “He tried to step in and stop the argument, but they took it outside,” she said yesterday on Hamilton Street. “My brother followed them outside and he tried to stop the fight, but that’s when he got shot.”
Someone called 911, and police arrived at about 2:13 a.m. to find the victim lying on the ground, said Officer John Boyle, a police spokesman. Boyle said the victim was brought to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.
About six hours prior to that slaying, the weekend’s first homicide claimed the life of a man several miles away on Carmel Street in Roxbury, Boyle said. Police, who responded to a 911 call at about 8:16 p.m., found the victim in an alleyway, suffering from severe head trauma, Boyle said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one has been arrested in connection with that killing, police said.
Yesterday evening on Hamilton Street, about 30 relatives and neighbors who knew Luis DoSouto gathered, weeping, praying, and recalling a man whom the victim’s cousin, Zinha Goncalves, described as a “gentle giant who wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
Mourners set up a makeshift memorial of flowers, candles, and pictures on a sidewalk several feet from where Luis DoSouto had been shot.
Born in Cape Verde, DoSouto came to the Boston area soon after his first birthday, relatives said. The fourth-oldest of 12 siblings, he attended Madison Park High School before finding a job at the Bayside Expo Center.
“He worked and he came home, that’s all he did,” Lopes said. “He was not into violence or fighting. I don’t think he’s ever been in a fight.”
Emmett Folgert, director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, a nonprofit group that tries to promote peace among young people, said the weekend slayings underscored the need to provide activities for young people, especially as summer vacation approaches.
“In the past when we’ve faced these problems, we’ve closed ranks and come up with an extra effort, especially with the summer looming,” Folgert said. “And I have faith that we’re going to do that again.”