Boston police Tuesday identified the two men killed Monday night in Jamaica Plain as Christian Green, 32, of New Bedford, and Jose M. Martinez, 34, of Boston.
The shootings happened just before 10 p.m. in the area of Mozart and Bolster streets, police said.
Green’s brother, Jomar, recalled him as a funny, loving man who enjoyed football, baseball, and his mother’s home cooking. He grew up in the neighborhood and attended The English High School.
“I’m feeling empty,” said Green, 35. “I get choked up thinking about it.”
Green acknowledged that his brother “had a past” but said he had worked in construction in an attempt “to get over that.”
“He had his demons, but he still tried to make everyone else feel better,” he said.
At family parties, Green would ask his cousin Joselina Leon, a dance instructor, to teach him salsa.
“He used to be like, ‘Come on, cousin, you’re the dancer. Come and teach me how to dance,’ ” Leon said Tuesday. “Sometimes he would do a few moves, but he didn’t really like it. But I tried, I tried to get him to dance. But he was very lovable. And he’s going to be missed.”
Leon canceled her dance class Tuesday and went to meet her family at Mozart Park.
“He was a sweet young man, family-oriented,” Leon said. “He was always there for the family, any time we needed him. Parties, occasions. He was there. He would never say no.”
The deaths marked the 19th and 20th homicides in Boston this year, compared to 24 at this time last year. Four people have been killed in Boston in as many days.
On Friday, Arnold Woodrum, 59, was fatally shot on Devon Street in Dorchester. Early Sunday, Joshua Hines, 23, of Mattapan was shot and killed near Franklin Park.
In Jamaica Plain, the killings left residents shaken. Jorge Martinez, 19, who is not related to Monday’s shooting victim, moved to the Mozart Park area about three months ago, but said he no longer feels safe.
“Now I feel so scared, I’m thinking of moving around to another place,” he said Tuesday.
Martinez was asleep when he awoke to the screech of a car and the sound of multiple gunshots.
“I stayed in my bed. It was scary,” he said. “After that, everything was quiet until the police came.”
Speaking to reporters at the scene Monday night, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins noted that the shooting occurred between two schools, Nativity Preparatory School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School.
“This community deserves peace,” she said. “This is a tragic event. Two people lost their lives. As a parent of young children, the fact that this happened in front of a beautiful park and in between two schools — we need people to feel safe in these communities.”
When Anetra Warren arrived at the Kennedy school with her 7-year-old daughter Tuesday, police officers had cordoned off the corner of Mozart and Bolster streets to collect a stray shell casing.
“You got to understand, these kids are going to come home and ask questions,” she said. “ ‘Mommy, what happened?’ My daughter isn’t stupid . . . she knows what yellow tape is. So I think people need to stop and think about that.”
In the afternoon, a group of friends left flowers and a bottle of Hennessy cognac near the black chain-link fence at Mozart Park, beside prayer candles that burned until they flickered out in a light afternoon rain.