Consequences

Some people make the argument that Memorial Day weekend marks the first days of summer. When it comes to news, the warm weather always brings with it the threat of violent crime outdoors. That about summed up my weekend, where I was sent to two homicide scenes around the city.

Sunday night, I was sent to check out a brazen murder around sunset in Dorchester. All we heard was that someone on a scooter had been shot in the upper body. Followups showed that 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis had been dragged off the scooter and executed by two gang members, according to a gang unit officer who witnessed the murder.

5.30.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Police examine the area around the scene of a homicide at Olney and Bowdoin Streets in Dorchester on May 30, 2010. According to police, the victim was riding the scooter.

It’s rare that I get to follow up on these spot news events, as night-day shift turnarounds are somewhat uncommon for me. This time was different, as I got to meet the Fomby-Davis family and help them paint a picture of their son, who by all stretches was a good kid to the people who knew him — accepted to an engineering high school in Hyde Park, volunteered to help out at school and even painted the front and back porch of his house before he left that night.

5.31.2010 — BOSTON — Nathaniel Davis mourns the loss of his son, 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis, who was shot and killed on Bowdoin Street, on May 31, 2010.

5.31.2010 — BOSTON — Jojo Bourciquot, 16, breaks down in tears before laying down a teddy bear in rememberance of her friend, Nicholas Fomby-Davis, who was shot and killed at this location at the intersection of Olney and Bowdoin Streets the night before on May 31, 2010.

5.31.2010 — BOSTON — Jojo Bourciquot, 16, is comforted by a friend after laying a teddy bear at the site where her friend, 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis, was shot and killed the night before at the intersection of Olney and Bowdoin Streets on May 31, 2010.

Mr. Davis called on the mayor and police to take swift action on the gang activity in his community, commenting that gangbangers should be treated like “the Taliban.” Understandable. The police did make a bit of a statement, converging on the intersection shortly thereafter for a roll call and making a display of force with the community that violent behavior will not be tolerate in the neighborhood.

5.31.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey organizes officers at a department roll call at the intersections of Bowdoin and Olney Streets on May 31, 2010. The police held their roll call to show their committment to stopping violent crime in the area and to show the violent criminal element that they are on notice, Linskey said.

Here’s the Herald’s take on the story, which I worked on with reporter Richard Weir.

6.1.2010 — Boston Herald Cover

The mayor said violence in the city is by no means “out of control,” but we’ll see how things shape up this summer.

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