An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Tyler Lawrence last weekend in Mattapan.
On Monday, Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced that Csean Skerritt, 34, was already in police custody and that an arrest warrant had been issued for him. On Sunday, Skerritt was taken into custody and accused with fentanyl distribution. In the upcoming days, he will likely be arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder.
At noon on Sunday, January 29, Tyler was shot and killed in the area where his grandmother lived in Mattapan.
Hayden stated, “There is still a lot that we do not know about this awful crime,” urging the public to come forward with any information they may have. “A 13-year-old was shot and killed on a downtown street early on a Sunday afternoon, that much is known. And we all know that this terrible thing that happened has sent shockwaves across our city.”
Hayden said, “we believe that the gunman in this case planned to do what he did,” suggesting this wasn’t an accident.
The city of Boston has been “robbed,” according to Mayor Michelle Wu. There is “work to do,” she said, to ensure that everyone in Boston can feel secure while walking around. We believe today’s actions will help further consolidate the healing process by providing some degree of responsibility and justice,” Wu added.
According to the district attorney’s office, Skerritt was found guilty of firearms charges in both 2011 and 2014.
Skerritt faced murder charges in 2015 for a supposedly occurring event in 2014. It was confirmed by the Suffolk district attorney’s office that Skerritt was found not guilty by a jury in 2017.
Remy Lawrence, Tyler’s mother, has publicly called for fair treatment in her son’s homicide trial. On Sunday, hundreds of people came to Norwood to pay their condolences to Tyler’s family and friends.
Remy Lawrence issued a statement after Skerritt’s arrest in which she expressed her family’s “relief and gratitude that Boston Police and the District Attorney’s Office have taken the first steps towards justice for our beloved Tyler, who was taken from us last Sunday morning as he walked near his grandparent’s house.”
“We appreciate the honesty and diligence of the police, the detectives, and the elected authorities who have helped us throughout this ordeal. Also, we’d want to express our gratitude to Keisha Desir, the Norwood Public Schools, the City of Norwood, and everyone who helped us celebrate Tyler’s life and memorialise his passing yesterday “Lawrence Remy included. “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received from our friends and family during this trying time. To preserve the credibility of the current police investigation, we will not be making any more statements at this time, but we do urge anybody with new information to contact those conducting the probe directly.”
When Addie Varon, a neighbour and friend, heard of Tyler’s death, he was devastated.
A fine child who didn’t deserve to die this way, as they knew him, was killed, as Varon put it. “I’m curious as to what happened to make him so coldhearted. He was a youngster of only 13.”
Middle school student Tony Richards was familiar with Tony Richards through the No Books No Ball programme he directs, and now Richards is urging the community to take action against violence.
Richards emphasised the need for individuals and groups to take responsibility for their actions and increase their efforts to make their communities safer from tragedy. Those are the crown jewels of our society, and they are being ruthlessly and needlessly destroyed.