Roxbury man arrested in Georgia for June double-homicide
A 20-year-old Roxbury man was arrested Friday in Georgia on two counts of murder related to a June double-homicide in Brighton, according to Boston police.
Nicholas Antoine was wanted on a felony warrant issued in Suffolk Superior Court following the killings of Wilfred Peters, 26, of Brighton, and Jeffrey Montaque, 27, of Cambridge, police said in a statement.
Peters and Montaque were found shot about 12:40 a.m. on June 30 near the intersection of Faneuil and Brackett streets and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Antoine was found at a trailer park in Jonesboro, Ga., through a collaboration among Boston police, the US Marshals Service, and Georgia law enforcement officials, according to the statement.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross praised his officers for their efforts to capture Antoine.
“Members of the Homicide and Fugitive Units worked tirelessly on this case to not only identify the suspect who was responsible, but to track him down and arrest him while he was hiding in a trailer park in Georgia,” Gross said in the statement. “I commend the great work of the Homicide Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit for bringing justice to the families who lost their loved ones.”
Sheila Simmons-Montaque, the mother of Jeffrey Montaque, said Friday that she had been notified of Antoine’s capture and had dropped her telephone when the call came.
“Prayer works,” said the 60-year-old Boston resident. “I’ve been praying night and day.”
She said thinking about her son has disrupted her eating and sleeping habits. She described Montaque as a “kind, gentle, loving person.”
“Jeffrey never gave me any problems,” she said. “He was loved.”
Bill Berggren, who was a close friend of Montaque’s, echoed Simmons-Montaque’s sentiments about Antoine’s arrest.
“It’s a relief that we know he’s off the street,” he said. “We can’t get Jeff back, but now we’ll be able to find out why.”
Berggren described Montaque as a “always happy.” He worked as a building maintenance worker and lived near the Alewife T stop in Cambridge, he said.
“I personally think Jeff was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.