On Sunday, November 8, 2009, at approximately 2:16am, a Boston Police Officer, assigned out of Area D-14 (Brighton), was patrolling in the area of Brighton Avenue at Harvard Avenue when his attention was drawn to several people in the area. The officer spoke with a couple of the individuals and learned that there was a man down on the ground in front of the convenience store located at 157 Brighton Avenue.

The officer made his way to the unconscious victim and observed him to be suffering from an apparent stab wound. The officer immediately called for assistance and began C.P.R. Boston EMS arrived and transported the victim to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced.

At this time, the victim is only being described as a twenty-four-year-old, black male.
The Boston Police Homicide Unit was called and conducted several interviews with potential witnesses.

As a result of investigation undertaken at the scene, and information received from witnesses on scene, officers arrested suspect, Corey D. Patterson, 23, of Dorchester and charged him with Accessory to Murder after the Fact, several counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this incident. Anyone with information related to this matter is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.

Community members who wish to supply information in an anonymous manner may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 800-494-TIPS. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.

This incident marks Boston's 43rd homicide of 2009. This time last year, the City had experienced 53 homicides.