Monday, July 9, 2012
The arrests Monday of several reputed members of the Boylston Street gang come after years of bloody strife, much of it with their rivals, the Mozart Street gang.
Monday's big Jamaica Plain news, that police and prosecutors had arrested much of the leadership of the Boylston Street gang, may come as a relief to neighbors who have lived in fear. Over the years, the Boylston associates often had bloody conflicts with their rival Mozart Street gang. Police stress that while the names of the groups come from two JP streets, the feuding gang members no longer live there. Here is a review of violent incidents police have linked to the conflict between Boylston and Mozart: According to the Gazette, police and prosecutors link many drug-related crimes to the rival groups. [Editor's note: This post has been updated with information from the Boston Herald.]
Thursday, August 4, 2011
According the Justice Department, Jeffrey Medina, 20, and Sherwin Garcia, 21, rented high powered firearms and shot nearly 500 rounds of ammunition while on probation.
[Editor's note: The following is a press release from the Justice Department.] Two men alleged to be associated with the Mozart Street Gang of Jamaica Plain were sentenced Aug. 3 in federal court on firearms charges resulting from a December 2010 trip to a shooting range in Salisbury, Mass. where they rented three high powered firearms and shot nearly 500 rounds of ammunition at targets while on probation for prior convictions involving illegal firearms possession. Jeffrey Medina, 20, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and Sherwin Garcia, 21, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, each to be followed by three years of supervised release during which time each defendant will be restricted from certain parts of Jamaica Plain and from …
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Community Memorializes Victims of Gun Violence with Tree Planting Ceremony at Wake Up the Earth Festival
The intermittent showers that occasionally fell on yesterday’s Wake Up the Earth festival stopped long enough for a ceremony to take place that memorialized victims of gun violence. Held near the basketball courts along the Southwest Corridor near the Stony Brook T Station, the location was the site of a fatal shooting that three years ago took the life of 20-year old Luis "Mata" Troncoso. Investigators said the killing may have been gang related, and later shootings in Boston were linked as revenge attacks for the murder of Troncoso. Troncoso's family has always denied he was in a gang, according to media reports from the time of his death. Saturday's observance was the culmination of a long-term project by Jamaica Plain-based Urbano …