December 7, 2009: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today announced the identification of a suspect in the homicides of two 20-year-old women and a 19-year-old man in Dorchester earlier this year.

Suffolk prosecutors approved and Boston Police detectives today obtained an arrest warrant charging KERON PIERRE (D.O.B. 11/26/85), formerly of Mattapan, with three counts of murder for the March 29 shooting deaths of 20-year-old Shacora Gaines of Brockton, 20-year-old Chantal Palmer of Brockton, and 19-year-old Anthony Peoples of Boston.

Pierre is believed to have fled the country and may be living in Trinidad.

Commissioner Davis stated, “3 young people died in our city due to senseless gun violence. I applaud the tenacious work by homicide investigators and prosecutors who will hold this perpetrator accountable.”

District Attorney Conley said, “Police and prosecutors will not rest in the pursuit of someone who would take three lives in cold blood. Now that we’ve identified him, we intend locate him, apprehend him, and bring him to justice.”

Boston Police alerted by the city’s ShotSpotter system responded to the area of 41 Mount Ida Rd. shortly after 4:00 a.m. on March 29. On arrival, they found in a white Nissan Gaines and Peoples, who were pronounced dead of their injuries at the scene, and Palmer, who was rushed to Boston Medical Center and died of her injuries there.

In the course of the nine months that followed, Boston Police homicide detectives and Suffolk prosecutors undertook an extensive investigation into the facts and circumstances of the three homicides. That investigation continues even today.

Investigators believe that Pierre and the victims spoke outside a party on Mt. Ida Road and that the conversation escalated into a verbal confrontation. That verbal altercation, investigators say, led Pierre to open fire on the victims as they sat in the car.

Davis and Conley said their respective agencies remain committed to arresting and trying him in Massachusetts. They urged anyone with information on the shooting or Pierre’s whereabouts to call the Boston Police Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).