FRAMINGHAM — A father and son fatally shot shortly before midnight Friday at a Second Street apartment development were remembered Saturday as men devoted to their family and especially to each other.
Yolanda Anderson of Framingham said her 24-year-old son, James Wade Jr., and his father, James “Manny” Wade, 45, acted more like siblings than child and parent.
“They were father and son, but they were more like brothers,” Anderson said in a phone interview Saturday night. “They were straight-up guys. We’re a close-knit family, and we are trying to cope.”
Framingham police responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired a few minutes after 11:30 p.m. Friday at the apartment complex. Both men were suffering from gunshot wounds, said District Attorney Marian Ryan, in a statement released Saturday.
The older man was transported to MetroWest Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. His son was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.
No motive for the shooting was given, and no arrests had been made as of Saturday evening, according to Meghan Kelly, a Middlesex district attorney spokeswoman.
The shooting was an isolated incident, according to Ryan’s statement.
Neither man was a resident of the apartment complex, where police were investigating Saturday morning. James Jr. lived in Framingham while Manny lived in Boston, according to Anderson, although in the statement, Ryan said Manny lived in Framingham.
Anderson said she and Manny were high school sweethearts while attending high school in West Roxbury.
They had three children: a 20-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, in addition to James Jr. While the two weren’t together any longer, they maintained a good friendship, Anderson said.
Manny, who had worked as a grill cook at Boston College, was a devoted father to his children, she said. “He took care of his kids,” Anderson said. “He was a jokester who always wanted to have fun.”
James Jr. was close with his siblings and had worked for six years as a utility worker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she said.
“He was an outgoing kid,” Anderson said. “He was my oldest. This is really hard for me.”
Anderson said Manny and James Jr. were visiting relatives and friends who lived at the Pelham Apartments when the shooting occurred.
Anderson said she does not know what could have led to the shooting. The two frequently visited the apartment development, she said.
“Right now, I’m trying to wrap my head around everything,” she said.
Throughout Saturday morning, Framingham police and State Police remained at the scene, where they had cordoned off a courtyard at the apartment complex, between a pair of buildings at 44A and 46B Second St.
The scene is a short distance from Interfaith Terrace, where Jamee Ammons-Maddrey, 27, was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend in October, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office. Christopher McKoy of Brockton has been charged in that stabbing.
The recent violence has shaken Tatiana Pope, 31, whose apartment faces the courtyard.
Police activity woke up her and her four children Friday night, she said in an interview in her backyard, across from a small playground.
She stayed up for hours overnight watching officers work, she said, and saw a man’s body on the grass a few feet from her window.
Pope said she fears for the well-being of her children, ages 6 through 13.
“I don’t think I will be letting my kids out to play for a while,” Pope said. “It’s just not safe for the children living here.”
Oscar Rodriguez, 33, said he awoke to the sound of what he first thought was fireworks and believes he heard about eight to 10 shots. Police were at the scene quickly, he said, and Rodriguez saw a large number of officers investigating.
His apartment, where he lives with his wife and 6-month-old daughter, is across a parking lot from where police worked. He and his family won’t be staying there, he said.
“I’m planning on moving; it’s dangerous,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t want to raise my kid in a place like this.”
Idalia Alers, 44, told reporters near the scene she was woken by the sound of six or seven gunshots. Frightened for her 18-year-old son, she went to his room, where he was sleeping.
“I am always scared something will happen to him,” she said. “At night, I don’t want him to go outside.”
Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Framingham police by making an anonymous tip by texting keyword FPDTIPS and their message to 847411, or by downloading the Framingham Police Department app to a phone.
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