Second arrest in October stabbing death

A second person is facing charges in the fatal stabbing of 39-year-old Cherby LaJoie in October, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement Friday.

Tarayiah “Tip” Hunt, 21, of Dorchester, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at her arraignment in Dorchester District Court on Wednesday, prosecutors said. Hunt was ordered held without bail.

Boston police found LaJoie, suffering from multiple stab wounds to his head and chest, near 11 Charles St. in Dor­chester just after 1 a.m. on Oct. 6. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Hunt was linked to the murder through DNA evidence collected from the scene, MBTA surveillance footage, and an anonymous tip that a woman named “Tip” was involved, prosecutors said.

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Witnesses reported seeing a group of people assaulting the victim and then fleeing toward the Red Line’s Fields Corner Station, prosecutors said. Police observed a trail of blood leading from the scene and going through the T station. Surveillance camera footage showed a group of four young people running through the station shortly after the stabbing occurred, prosecutors said.

In October, Ernest Watkins IV, 15, was charged with murder in connection with the fatal attack on LaJoie. Watkins was singled out by witnesses as the one who repeatedly plunged a knife into the victim, according to authorities. LaJoie was stabbed 37 times.

Hunt will return to court on May 29.

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