From BPD News:

Investigation Update: On Thursday, October 20, 2022 Members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Zontre Mack, 19, of Canton for the murder of 15-year-old Curtis Ashford.  This is the second arrest in Ashford’s murder investigation.  Dominick Gavin, 25, of Boston, was previously arrested on September 26, 2022.

Zontre Mack will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court for Murder on Friday, October 21, 2022.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 7:25 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, District B-3 (Mattapan) officers responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 28 Ellington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located Curtis Ashford, Jr, 15, of Dorchester suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting

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