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East Boston man facing murder charge for fatal shooting outside Revere ice cream shop

An East Boston man was arraigned on a murder charge Thursday for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old Revere man on Sunday outside an ice cream shop on Revere Beach Boulevard after a dispute over a stolen backpack, officials said.

Felix Martinez, 19, was ordered held without bail following his arraignment by telephone in Chelsea District Court on charges of murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of armed robbery, the office of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced in a statement.

Martinez was arrested earlier in the day by State Police assigned to Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollin’s office.


The victim has been identified as Yaseen Butt. He was shot around 10:10 p.m. Sunday outside the Twist and Shake ice cream shop, according to State Police.

Butt was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to State Police.

Martinez allegedly stole two backpacks, one valued at $800 from Butt and another individual, prosecutors said in a statement.

An accomplice of Martinez allegedly brandished a gun during the robbery, prosecutors said.

Butt and a group of people later confronted Martinez in the area of Revere Beach Boulevard and attempted to retrieve one of the backpacks.

During the confrontation Martinez attempted to get a gun from another individual, prosecutors said.

Butt fled the scene but was chased down by Martinez and a group of males to a grassy area near 82 Revere Beach Blvd.

Butt fell to the ground and the group began to kick and beat him, prosecutors said. During the attack Martinez allegedly shot Butt, according to the statement.

Butt was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he died, prosecutors said.

In the statement, Rollins condemned the violence and said State Police assigned to her office will continue to work with Revere police bring justice for Butt and his loved ones.


“Yaseen’s life was stolen over a backpack. This violence and complete disregard for human life is unacceptable,” Rollins said. “We intend to support Yaseen’s loved ones . . . We will also work directly with the Revere community in the wake of this senseless act of violence.”

Martinez and members of the group were allegedly seen on security cameras fleeing the scene to a nearby MBTA station.

Martinez jumped onto the tracks as he made his escape and was nearly struck by a train, prosecutors said. The incident remains under investigation.

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.