Police identify teenager killed in Dorchester

Boston police have identified the 19-year-old man who was killed around 2 a.m. Thursday in Dorchester.

In a statement Friday, police said Marlon Richardson was fatally shot in the area of 12 Vinson St. No arrests have been reported.

“Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470,” the release said. “Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).”

Richardson’s slaying was the sixth murder in the city since Friday Oct. 5.


Neighbors told the Globe Thursday that Richardson was shot near the home he shared with his mother. They said first-responders attempted life-saving measures on the wounded teenager.

“When I saw that they were trying to restart his heart, I knew he wasn’t going to make it,” said a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the case. “They pulled out a defibrillator and everything, but he just wasn’t moving.”

Police Commissioner William Gross spoke to reporters at the scene and implored the community to help solve the killing.

“When we work together, that’s sending a message as well that these senseless acts of violence won’t be tolerated,” Gross said.

The shooting marks the 45th homicide of the year in Boston. Last year, there had been 42 homicides citywide.

Officials said there have been six murders in Boston since Oct. 5.

Police said in Friday’s statement that anonymous tipsters will be protected.

“The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner,” the release said.

Jerome Campbell of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.