This week, in public meetings and private conversations, Bostonians have been trying to process last Sunday’s shooting murders of three young women, all in their early 20s, and the wounding of a fourth. Reports have described the victims as strivers from good families and educational backgrounds whose friendship blossomed in one of the city’s better high schools.
The motive for these killings remains unclear. Police posited that one of the group had been targeted through gang involvement, prompting a gunman to open fire on all of the victims as they sat in a car on Harlem Street in Dorchester. But some law enforcement officials warn that the murders of Sharrice Perkins, Kristen Lartey, and Genevieve Philip could eventually be ascribed to other causes, even mistaken identity.