The ex-wife of a 49-year-old man who was gunned down in broad daylight on a Dorchester street last week said she hopes the arrest of a suspect in his killing will bring some measure of justice to his children.
Yaliek Allah-Barnes, 37, was arraigned on a murder charge on Friday in Dorchester District Court for his role in the May 18 death of Derek Fitzpatrick in the area of Bernard Street, said Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Amy Martin, Judge James Coffey ordered him held without bail while his case is pending. He will return to court on June 24.
“I didn’t think they would catch him so fast, but I’m very glad they did,” said Sharon Ann Hendricks, Fitzpatrick’s ex-wife and mother of three of his children. “It won’t bring him back, but I hope justice is served. This violence going on in Boston is crazy.”
Hendricks said her children — ages 20, 22 and 23 — are “devastated” by the killing of their father, who fed the homeless and motivated men in the community to look for jobs.
“He was a very good dad to the kids,” she said. “And even though we divorced, we remained really good friends.”
Also on Friday, two men were arraigned in Roxbury District Court in an unrelated case on firearm charges near the scene of the city’s latest homicide, which occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block on Centre Street, Rollins said.
Clifford Jones, 43, is charged with 16 offenses, including three counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license as a second offense, possession of a large capacity feeding device, carrying a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, and a single count of resisting arrest, the DA said. Judge David Poole set bail at $60,000, $15,000 less than what Assistant District Attorney David McGowan requested.
Rushon Hemingway, 23, was arraigned on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and resisting arrest. McGowan requested $25,000 bail, but Judge Poole set bail at $15,000.
Jones and Hemingway will return to court June 15.
“Our city has recently experienced four homicides over a period of six days,” Rollins said. “There is no place for this kind of violence in our communities, and my office will work with our law enforcement, city partners, community agencies, and others to protect the safety and well being of everyone in Suffolk County.
“During this Memorial Day weekend, which so often brings families together in celebration and reflection, families who have lost loved ones to violence are left to grieve and pick up the pieces,” she added. “Our communities have also been wracked by the fear, grief and trauma that are caused by every act of gun violence that they collectively experience. My office intends to hold accountable each individual who carries an illegal firearm, who commits an act of violence, or who risks the lives and safety of others. Those who commit these acts will be removed from the community.”