At about 7:30 AM on Wednesday July 8, 2015, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an assault and battery which occurred in the area of Chauncey and Essex Streets. During the incident, the suspect, later identified as Tajanetta Downing, 24, of Lawrence, pushed an elderly Asian female to the ground causing serious injuries. On Thursday July 9, 2015, the victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The victim has since been identified as Yuzhen Lei, 72, of Boston.
Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information is encouraged to call detectives at (617) 343-4470.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously may 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.