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Police arrest 20-year-old Dorchester man in slaying

Allegedly shot victim in home

A Dorchester man was arrested Friday in the Jan. 7 fatal shooting of a man in his home on Rosseter Street.

Omay Tavares, 20, of Dorchester, faces murder and weapons charges after police say he shot and killed George Thompson after an altercation.

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Police found Thompson, 28, shot several times inside his home around 8:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, said yesterday that the two knew each other and Thompson let Tavares into his home voluntarily. Subsequently, “some sort of altercation ensued,” Wark said.

The Boston Police fugitive apprehension unit found Tavares and arrested him Friday on River Street in Dorchester.

“The Boston Police homicide unit and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office launched a tireless investigation to bring justice to Mr. Thompson and his family,” police said in a statement.

Outside Thompson’s home on Rosseter Street yesterday afternoon, well-wishers adorned a makeshift memorial with teddy bears, candles, and a sign that read: “We will miss you, R.I.P., forever in our hearts, Bamboo.”

Tavares is being held in custody and will be arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court.

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at
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