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Boston police identify 15-year-old killed in Boston during violent week

Xhavier Rico, 15, was shot and killed here on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Boston on Thursday.
Xhavier Rico, 15, was shot and killed here on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Boston on Thursday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

A 15-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed this week in a spate of violence leading up to and continuing through the July Fourth weekend, was identified by police Saturday as Xhavier Rico.

The teen’s death was one of five homicides in Boston since Tuesday. A sixth death reported to police Friday is also being investigated as a homicide, though the circumstances around the death were unclear.

Boston has had 25 homicides in Boston so far this year (including the six deaths since Tuesday), compared to 21 by July 4 of last year, and 28 by July 4, 2018, Boston police Officer Stephen McNulty, a spokesman for the department, said Saturday.

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The incidents came amid a week of violence in the city, which included the deaths of Rico, 22-year-old Justin Cannady, 45-year-old Rashawn Washington-Clark, and 19-year-old Tierece G. Wiley. The city also had at least 13 nonfatal shootings and 10 nonfatal stabbings over the week from June 26 to Friday afternoon.

Rico was killed on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury on Thursday at about 10 p.m. One of three people shot, he died after he was taken to a local hospital.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh was at the scene with police Thursday night and called the violence “unacceptable,” a sentiment he reiterated Saturday.

“The violence we’ve seen over the 4th of July weekend is tragic and unacceptable,” he said in a statement Saturday afternoon. “Young lives are being destroyed and I will not rest until we’ve put an end to this violence. I’m urging the people responsible to stop their actions and ask for help, so mothers and fathers don’t have to continue burying their children.”

Ahead of the holiday weekend, Walsh asked “people involved in violence in the city of Boston, put your guns down.”



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Two people died in separate incidents Friday night. Neither of them have been identified.

The first death occurred after police received a report around 10 p.m. of a fight in the area of 42 Theodore St. in Dorchester, according to Boston police spokesman Officer James Moccia.

Witnesses at the scene told arriving officers that those involved in the fight fled before police arrived, police said.

Around the same time, a person walked in to Carney Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died, according to Moccia. Police initially believed that person had been injured in a shooting, but Moccia said the circumstances of the death, which is under investigation, are “unknown.”

Police are working to determine what connection — if any — that person had to the reported fight on Theodore Street. Police spokesmen had very little information available about the case on Saturday.

A little while later, at about 11 p.m. Friday, police found a man with a stab wound in the area of 205 Adams St. in Dorchester. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died, police said.

Friday evening and the early hours of Saturday also brought two non-fatal shootings: one at about 11 p.m. and the other shortly after midnight.

At about 11 p.m. Friday, officers found a person shot at 40 Dabney St. in Roxbury. That victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Officers at the scene found two firearms — one in bushes between 40 and 60 Dabney St. and the other at the intersection of Dabney and Fountain streets.

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Then, at about 12:17 a.m., officers were called to the area of 2 Page St. in Dorchester for a report of shots fired. Officers didn’t find anyone injured at the scene, but soon got a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound found on Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, according to Moccia.

The man, who said he was shot in the area of Glenway and Page streets in Dorchester, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Amanda Kaufman of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.