A Hyde Park man who was gunned down in a brazen Saturday afternoon shooting was remembered by a family member as a devoted son and loving father of four children.
The victim, Geraldo Lerouge, 27, was killed on Frazer Street as he was getting out of his car to greet a friend, said Lerouge’s 29-year-old cousin, Marline Lerouge, in a phone interview Sunday.
“He had a really good heart,” she said of her cousin. “He was very protective of his mother and he was a good father.”
On Saturday, Boston police said officers responded at 5:36 p.m. to a report of a man in his late 20s who had been shot in the area of 38 Frazer St. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later declared dead.
The victim, who appeared to have been targeted, became the city’s 14th homicide victim this year, Police Commissioner William B. Evans told reporters at the scene Saturday night.
The Frazer Street shooting remains under active investigation, Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said in an e-mail Sunday.
Lerouge had been driving one of his young sons back to the Hyde Park home that the two shared with the boy’s mother, when he stopped the car and got out on Frazer Street, Marline Lerouge said.
Marline Lerouge said police told the family Sunday that’s when “someone came out of nowhere” and shot her cousin. She said the family has no idea why Lerouge was killed.
Boston police and the Suffolk district attorney’s office declined to comment on the investigation Sunday night.
Lerouge was a devoted family man who was close to his mother, two brothers, and his own children, his cousin said. His two sons and two daughters are all under the age of 7.
Her cousin was from Hyde Park, and attended both South Boston and Brighton high schools, said Marline Lerouge.
“Each of us was left dumbfounded, speechless” at hearing the news, she said. “It was very tough.”
On Sunday morning, a small shrine had been put together on a Frazer Street curb, including two candles, flowers, and a pair of seashells. One of the candles had an image of Christ on the cross.
Resident Garfield Gill had been hard at work on his income taxes Saturday afternoon when the sound of five gunshots ripped through his Frazer Street neighborhood in Hyde Park.
“We heard shots; it was like, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” said the 81-year-old, who has lived in the area with his wife since 1979, on Sunday. “I never expected it so close to home.”
Gill said he spoke to officers following the shooting, and police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras outside his home.
Gill said that aside from another shooting in the area about five years ago, he and his wife have felt secure. But Saturday’s fatal shooting has left him feeling less so.
“I was shocked,” said Gill. “Basically, we feel safe most of the time.”
Another Frazer Street resident said the shooting has her worried about her safety. She said she won’t walk to her job in Mattapan anymore.
That means relying on friends and her boyfriend to drive to and from work, said the woman, who declined to give her name.
She was at work, she said, when her boyfriend texted her about the shooting on her street, where she has lived off-and-on for about 20 years.
“I was really shocked about it,” the woman said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Elsewhere in the city, other recent shootings included two that claimed the lives of Michael Ross, 34, of Dorchester and Keith Pomare, 38, of Mattapan, over Easter weekend. Both men appeared to have been targeted, but the attacks don’t seem to be related, Evans said Saturday.
And last Thursday night, a man was killed in South Boston, near the James F. Condon School in what also appeared to have been a targeted shooting, police have said.
The shootings in Hyde Park and South Boston occurred in areas where such violence is rare, Evans said Saturday.
“We haven’t had any issues up here in quite a while,” Evans said. “It’s a quiet street. It has been for a while.”