Police searching for Somerville teen in connection with fatal shooting of 16-year-old

Jonathan T. Perry, 17, of Somerville.
Middlesex district attorney’s office
Jonathan T. Perry, 17, of Somerville.

Police are looking for a teenager in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Tenzin Kunkhyen in Somerville earlier this week.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement released Thursday night that police are trying to locate Jonathan T. Perry of Somerville as they investigate Kunkhyen’s death.

Perry’s last known address is 14 Farragut Ave. in Somerville, Ryan said, the same address where Kunkhyen was shot Tuesday afternoon.


The district attorney’s office describes Perry, 17, as white and clean-shaven, with brownish shoulder-length hair and green eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds, the statement said.

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Authorities have released few details about the shooting, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. They say it was not a random act and that Kunkhyen was with people inside the house who knew him.

Authorities said Perry may have recently visited Malden, where Kunkhyen last lived, and North Andover. He also may have access to weapons.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact State Police at 508-820-2121.

An aunt of Kunkhyen issued a quiet plea for justice Thursday as officials continued to investigate without announcing any arrests.


“We are still waiting for the legal system to bring out the truth and justice,” Tsering Youdon, Kunkhyen’s aunt, who traveled to Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., said outside his family’s home in Malden.

She declined to comment further and referred questions to Kunkhyen’s parents and sister, who were out making arrangements for a funeral to be held Friday morning.

They later declined to comment via text message, writing that “we also don’t know much at the moment and therefore don’t want to give out any information.”

Kunkhyen’s family spoke to the Globe hours before a scheduled prayer service for the slain teen at the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in Medford.

A call to a number for the listed owner of the Farragut Avenue home was not immediately returned.


Kunkhyen’s parents are Tibetan but moved to the United States from India. The 16-year-old grew up in Somerville and had attended Somerville High School before his family moved to Malden.

Their Malden home had a Free Tibet sticker on the mailbox Thursday, and Youdon said a Buddhist monk had been praying with the family at the residence earlier in the day.

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