Vigil held in memory of Dorchester teen killed in shooting

DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) — A vigil was held Thursday night in memory of a 17-year-old boy killed outside of his school in Dorchester on Wednesday.

Raekwon Brown, 17, was shot and killed outside of Jeremiah Burke High School on Wednesday afternoon. Two other teens and a 67-year-old woman were also shot but they are expected to be OK. Several of Brown’s relatives, including his mother and several siblings, attended Thursday’s vigil to pray for him and plead for whoever is responsible to come forward.

“He was the teddy bear of the family and now he’s not coming back,” said Patrice Volel, Brown’s sister.

Dr. Linda McIntyre, the school’s headmaster, said Brown came to the school as struggling middle schooler but quickly turned into a top high school student.

“He left us with great grades, great potential and strong character,” said McIntyre.

“He was a good kid. He went to school everyday. He’s not a gang member,” said Brown’s mother, Wanda Graddy.

Police were in place before and after school on Thursday. Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans was frustrated as he said the police need help finding the suspect and they are not getting any.

“Enough with this stop snitching stuff,” said Evans. “We’ve got a mother who lost her 17-year-old child. Step forward, have some courage and solve this one.”

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