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Woman, 40, identified as victim in Mattapan slaying as police search for suspect

A 40-year-old woman was identified Friday as the person who was stabbed to death near her Mattapan home Tuesday night, and police are now searching for a Boston man they allege is responsible for her murder.

According to Boston police, officers responded to Rosewood Street around 9:40 p.m. to investigate reports of a stabbing victim. Arriving officers found the body of Terkeshia Boykins, a Rosewood Street resident.

Boykins was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Late Friday afternoon, police said they were searching for Christopher Howard, who is now charged with murdering Boykins. Police said Howard should be “considered dangerous.” Anyone who sees Howard is urged to call 911 and alert police to his location.


According to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, the 39-year-old Howard is a Level 3 sex offender based on convictions for aggravated rape and rape of a child in Suffolk Superior Court in 2002.

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board, Howard is currently homeless.

A motive for the fatal attack was not publicly disclosed by police who continue to investigate the death of Boykins, the city’s 10th homicide victim of the year.

No further information was immediately available.

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