The group of friends and family idled along Juliette Street Monday in Dorchester and got out just steps from the shooting scene. Carrying red shopping bags filled with memorial candles, the group looked in horror at the pile of broken auto glass and the scarlet splotches that were still on the ground.
“She didn’t deserve this,” one friend said, leaning against a retaining wall along the narrow street as her friends lit the votives at the spot where police said 22-year-old Brianna Hardy was shot to death and another woman injured by broken glass while sitting in a car Sunday evening.
Loved ones said they did not know any details of what led to the incident, which Boston police have said was a targeted attack. The group said they were not familiar with the other woman who was injured. Hardy lived in Jamaica Plain.
Those who came to the scene said they had called Hardy “Little B” because she was under 5 feet tall. They described her as an enthusiastic collector of sneakers and a musician who rapped under the name “Breezy.” Hardy attended The New England Institute of Art between 2013 and 2014.
“I just want them to catch this guy,” Shamanique Knighton, who identified herself as Hardy’s sister, said of the shooter. “This was execution style.”
Police continued to search for suspects in the case on Monday.
Amy Moulaison, who said she had grown up with Hardy, was planning to watch the Super Bowl with her long-time friend. By 6 p.m., even before the game had begun, she had heard about the violence.
“All I know is she is in better hands now, and I’m going to live for her — live through her,” Moulaison said.
Neighbors on the street described a short blast of gunfire, maybe 2 or 3 shots shortly before 6 on Sunday. They said violence is unusual on the quiet street of three-deckers backing up to the water views of Ronan Park in Meeting House Hill.
Many thought they had heard the sound of fireworks, but then figured otherwise as emergency responders flooded the scene.
“I’m actually shocked,” said John Flagg, who has lived on Juliette Street for two years. “It’s usually a safe neighborhood.”
Sandy Vert, who said Hardy had long been friends with her family, also came to she shooting scene. She said she knows many people who have been affected by violence.
“I think of all of them as my kids,” she said of those gathered on Juliette Street. “Every time they turn around, they’re losing one of [their] friends behind a shooting.”
One of Hardy’s friends knelt in front of a candle in the street, and Vert fought back tears and implored those in the group to stay safe as she prepared to leave.
“Y’all please be careful,” she said. “I have to get to work.”