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Shooters convicted in 2018 Lynn slaying of Romel Danis


The men who shot three others who they wrongly believed to be rival gang members in Lynn in 2018, leaving 25-year-old Romel Danis dead, have been sentenced to life in prison, one without the possibility of parole.

An Essex County Superior Court jury on Oct. 28 convicted Figueroa-Flores, 23, of first-degree murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. On Thursday, Judge William Barrett sentenced Figueroa-Flores to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The co-defendant, Nathaniel Pagan, 20, pleaded guilty on Oct. 12 to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

“My brother is gone. We’re going to suffer for the rest of our lives just like their family is going to suffer for the rest of their lives,” Danis’ older brother Jhonny Bryan, which is the correct spelling according to Danis’ obituary, said at the 2018 arraignment. “There’s really no justice, there’s no happy ending.”

Figueroa-Flores and Pagan — who was a minor at the time — “laid in wait” on Lawton Street in the early morning hours of June 23, 2018., until Danis and two other men the pair suspected wrongly of being rival gang members walked past, according to prosecutor Kelleen Forlizzi. Shots rang out and Danis was shot as he jumped into his car.

Police were already at a nearby residence responding to a noise complaint when they heard the shots ring out on a street around the corner, according to previous Herald reporting. Danis would be pronounced dead at the scene, but the two other men survived their gunshot wounds.

Danis “was a staple at Vargas Market in Lynn,” according to his obituary, and “enjoyed video games, telling jokes, and was always able to make light of a difficult situation.”

(Lynn, MA) - Friends and family of the late Romel Danis console each other a they exit Lynn District Court after the arraignment of Victor Alexander-Figueroa-Flores who is charged with his death on Friday, June 29 2018. Staff Photo by Patrick Whittemore

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Friends and family Romel Danis console each other a they exit Lynn District Court after the June 29, 2018, arraignment of Victor Alexander-Figueroa-Flores, who was convicted last month in the murder and sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.(Patrick Whittemore/Boston Herald)


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