Police searching for third person in killing of Raekwon Brown

A memorial for Raekwon Brown.
A memorial for Raekwon Brown. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

The family of a slain Jeremiah E. Burke High School student said they were told by investigators that police are looking for another person in connection to the 17-year-old’s death.

Two men — Benzy Bain, 24, of Mattapan, and Jonathan M. Aguasvivas, 23, of Roxbury — were charged on Wednesday with the murder in the fatal shooting of Burke student Raekwon Brown.

But Stanley Wiggins, Brown’s brother, said Thursday that investigators told the family police are “looking for a main person.”

“They don’t have the shooter yet,” he said investigators told him.

Boston police referred questions to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Spokesman Jake Wark said only that “more charges could be forthcoming.”


After Bain and Aguasvivas were arraigned, Wiggins said he was hopeful that “justice will be served.”

Wiggins described the last two weeks as a nightmare for his family.

“It’s been a traumatic loss. There were days we anticipated he would walk through the door and come back,” he said. “Right now we just want justice for my brother.”

Officials have not yet disclosed a motive for the 1 p.m. shooting on Washington Street just feet from the Jeremiah E. Burke high school on June 8. After the gunfire stopped, Brown was dead and two other teenagers, including Brown’s cousin, were injured. A fourth victim, a 67-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.

At the Wednesday hearing, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Fredette said investigators reviewed 100 hours of surveillance video that linked Bain and Aguasvivas to Brown’s slaying. Their attorneys denied the men were involved in the shooting.

Both men had received sentences of three years and one day in state prison on earlier firearms convictions.

Aguasvivas is a “known member” of a gang, according to court records.

He had been on probation for a 2013 firearms conviction that was set to end next Monday. He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.


Bain pleaded guilty in 2013 as an armed career criminal. He had been charged earlier that year with possession of a firearm and selling crack cocaine from a Dorchester apartment.

Bain was on probation and wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet the day Brown was killed, according to the state Probation Department.

He violated the terms of his probation when he contacted a man against court order, according to the Probation Department, and Bain was instructed to surrender by this Friday. An arrest warrant for violating his probation was outstanding at the time of his arrest in Brown’s death, court records show.

Aguasvivas and Bain were ordered held without bail at Wednesday’s hearing.

Jan Ransom can be reached at jan.ransom@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jan_Ransom.