Please assign a menu to the primary menu location under menu


2 arrested, charged in triple stabbing near Tech Boston


Two Tech Boston Academy students face charges in the triple stabbing near the school as concerns continue about youth violence in the city.

Deionte Wall, 18, of Dorchester, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the triple stabbing.

A judge set bail at $5,000, and he’s next due back in court March 3, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

A minor teenage boy is charged with the juvenile versions of the same counts, but those proceedings happen behind closed doors and his name is redacted because of his age.

Cops were called to the Thomas J. Robert Playground near Tech Boston in the Codman Square area around 2:41 p.m., about a half an hour after school let out, for reports of a large brawl in which a caller reported seeing weapons, according to the police report from the incident.

Police arriving on the scene found who they identify as the first victim, a male teenager with a “large apparent blood stain” on his back, and then police found two more people nearby with stab wounds, too — two juveniles and one over 18, all males, according to the police report.

One of the wounded parties said “Deionte,” a 12th grader at the school, was the one who stabbed him after one of them was accused of stealing someone’s cellphone, per the police report. Boston EMS took them all to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cops tracked down Wall near the Ashmont MBTA station and arrested him without incident. Wall also had a cut on his own arm.

Cops said that Tech Boston showed them video of the fight that Wall “with a knife and stabbing people,” and then himself getting cut on the arm while trying to “restrain” another person.

The second suspect, the juvenile, was identified through this video and later arrested, though the segment of the polcie report pertaining to that is substantially redacted.

It’s been a tough few days in the city, where 13-year-old Tyler Lawrence of Norwood was shot to death in the Mattapan neighborhood. No one’s been arrested in that killing, which authorities have said was not random. No one’s yet been arrested.

“After leaving the scene in Mattapan Sunday I went home and watched football with my son, who is also 13,” Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden said in a statement. “That’s something this family will never be able to do with Tyler, and the explicit tragedy of that reality is shattering. This is an immeasurable loss for the Lawrence family and for the city.”

The city at a recent community meeting provided statistics suggesting it is an increasing problem even as overall crime stats remains low.

Various sides have argued about the role of cops and measures like metal detectors in schools, trying to strike a balance of safety while not making the buildings feel too institutionalized.

“”Children are a priority for us in the city,” Police Commissioner Michael Cox said as he and Mayor Michelle Wu fielded questions on the matter at an event unveiling the new police station in East Boston. “If the schools need our help, and if we can help in some way we will, we’ll figure out a way to do that.”

Similarly, Wu, who’s previously said that she doesn’t want police officers stationed in schools, pivoted to thanking the police for their work and stressing that all parties are working together effectively and meeting regularly.

“Our approach, which I’ve so appreciated, is that we have a very, very targeted person-by-person, student-by-student, school-by-school, community-by-community approach,” she said.

Longtime Boston anti-violence worker Emmett Folgert said the city needs to focus on having more dedicated funding for youth outreach.

“Positive youth development works,” he said. “You build these relationships with kids and you don’t just prevent violence, you prevent so many tragic incidents that can happen in people’s lives.”


Source link