DORCHESTER, MA (WHDH) — A community is demanding justice after a Dorchester teen is shot right outside his high school.
Raekwon Brown, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday outside Jeremiah Burke High School. Two other teens and a woman were also shot and are expected to be OK. The gunman is still on the run.
The 67-year-old woman who was grazed by a bullet in the shooting is calling Brown a hero. Living in fear, the woman, who has injuries to her leg and backside, explained how the gunfire erupted and Brown, who she did not know, jumped up and threw her to the ground.
“I’m 67, he was just 17,” she said.
Friday evening, Mayor Marty Walsh will address the victim’s classmates during their graduation ceremony. Thursday night, family and friends gathered at a vigil.
“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.
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.”
The high school community has created a fundraising campaign to help Brown’s family members.
To donate, click here.
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