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Roslindale teen identified as Roxbury homicide victim

An 18-year-old who was killed as a series of bullets scattered a crowd of teens Wednesday evening in Roxbury was identified by police as Fausto Sosa of Roslindale.

Sosa, who was shot down the street from the National Center of Afro-American Artists, was the city’s 35th homicide victim this year, police said.

On Wednesday night, Boston police officers found Sosa around 7:12 p.m. on Hollander Street suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died, police said.

“I am disappointed by the violence, but not shocked,” said Edmund Gaither, the executive director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. “It is the moment we live in.”

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Gaither, who lives in Roxbury, said violence has troubled the area, at least since the museum opened in 1969.

“This is a neighborhood that has suffered from unemployment and other issues, which figure into sustained violence,” Gaither said. “These are all things that I hope the new police commissioner will pursue.”

Several neighbors referred to violence in past years, including shootings.

Luis Martin Pinales-Perez, 31, was fatally shot July 3 near 134 Crawford St., less than a mile from the Wednesday night shooting.

Ben Alleyne, an artist who has made metal street memorials depicting the faces of local homicide victims — such as 10-year-old Trina Persad, who was killed in 2002 — was near the museum at the time of the shooting but did not know what happened. The next day, he said he was saddened to hear the victim was a young man.

“Young people can’t live out their lives without being troubled,” Alleyne said. “What kind of life is there for them?”

The same night as the shooting, a nearby car crash sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators have not determined whether the crash and the shooting were connected, police said.

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Police are investigating the incident and urge anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470. People can also leave information anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).


Jerome Campbell can be reached at jerome.campbell@globe.com or @jeromercampbell.