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Rap House Massacre

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4 slain in Dorchester: Males shot in basement hip-hop studio

By O’Ryan Johnson and Kevin Rothstein

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - Updated: 03:13 PM EST


At least one victim in last night’s quadruple massacre in Dorchester was a Metco student who graduated from Wakefield High School in 2003, officials with the school desegregation program said today.

Edwin Duncan, who lived in the Dorchester house where he and three of his friends were shot dead, attended the suburban school, said Kathy Tang, spokeswoman for Metco. Difficulty accessing records made it impossible for Tang to immediately confirm reports that another victim also attended Wakefield High through the Metco program.

Police were giving out little information today and would not confirm reports of a search for a white male called “Fat Boy� in a black Ford Escort. Officials said witnesses saw a heavyset man leaving the scene.

Police said they found ballistic evidence at the scene - next door to the home of a prominent anti-violence clergyman - but it remained unclear whether there was a gun battle or an execution in the neighborhood rap studio.

The studio was known in the past as a safe hangout of local kids.

At 9:43 p.m., police responding to a 911 call of shots fired at 43 Bourneside St. in Fields Corner found four men, all in their early 20s, shot in the basement. Three were already dead and one, a black male, 21, was still alive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A neighbor familiar with the household said the dead included three black men and one white male.

As police worked the scene, an anxious woman pulled up in a friend’s Lexus.

“My son said he was going to the studio. I want to see if it is my son,� she said.

A stream of distraught and tearful friends and relatives began pouring into Boston Medical Center, including youths and an older woman on the verge of collapse who had to be supported by police.

“I just lost my brother. They were all my brothers,� another said.

“I just lost my family, everything I had!� another said.

Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole said in a statement, “It’s much too early to speculate on a motive in this incident. But generally speaking homicides occuring inside residences are seldom random acts of violence.�

The house, which had two units, is next door to the home of the Rev. Eugene Rivers, who has crusaded against street crime for years as part of the Ten-Point Coalition.

Rivers said his son sometimes hung out at the studio.

“My son interfaced with them. They hung out down there. There was a lot of traffic in and out.�

He said a family lived in the building that included two parents and three older children, including a young man, a woman who recently gave birth and a disabled youth. Another neighbor said that family had put in a basement studio 10 or 12 years ago for their son, who was musically talented and sang in a church choir.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the mother of the family told him, “My son was shot.�

The neighbor said there had been minor disputes in the studio crowd before, but it was “kid things,� such as fights over girls, and nothing serious.

But one neighbor said he suspected drug activity in the house in recent years, seeing frequent late-night visitors dropping by, entering the basement door and leaving after only a few minutes. He said he thought the parents were unaware of it.

Police Superintendent Bobbie Johnson said there were no previous reports of criminal activity in the house, and Boston police have not been called there in the past. The house, a two-family Victorian assessed at $350,000, is in a neighborhood of well-maintained residences facing the Doherty-Gibson playground.

“The neighbors said they have seen kids going in and out, but it’s not a location where they’ve had trouble in the past,� Johnson told reporters.

The city has been shaken by a climbing murder rate. Last night’s killings bring this year’s total to 71 - the highest murder in Boston since 1995, when the city was in the midst of a long-term cycle of gangland killings.

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in all seriousness though. its really fucked up. Mass. is like the most wicked nicest state in this country and shits mad nice and mad expensive, but there are just these two n'hoods, among a shitload of rough n'hoods that are too, generally expensive, high property values etc, but these 2 or actually 3 towns: mattapan, dotty and roxbury, which are mostly black and more recently cape verdean and viet, but it seems mostly confined to the black community ands thers like mad murders and shit. Its like somerville of the late 60s except its not crazy irish drunk mafia dudes, its random thug wannabe teenagers who seem to have alot of guns...buts it wierd, I go down those n'hoods all the time, some of buddies work there too etc etc and it seems mad cool... I don't know my thoughts...

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