UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 277 Centre Street

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 277 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

About one week after the shooting deaths of 23-year-old Christopher Joyce and 58-year-old Clayborn Blair, the man responsible for their murders is in police custody. Today, Saturday, May 12, 2018, members of the BPD Homicide Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Team apprehended Wilvin Guity, 28, of Dorchester and charged him with two counts of Murder. Guity is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, May 14, 2018.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my Homicide Detectives for the hard work, long hours and meticulous attention to detail that led to the arrest of the suspect in the case. And, while I’m certain our city is a safer place with Wilvin Guity behind bars, I’m still angered when I think about the senseless gun violence that took the lives of Christopher Joyce and Clayborn Blair. Community members all across our city should be able to gather and socialize in public places in the company of neighbors and friends without the fear created and caused by those who carry illegal guns in our city. Chris and Clayborn did absolutely nothing wrong and most certainly deserved better fates. And, while there are no words to lessen the pain or sense of loss being felt by the family and friends of Chris and Clayborn, it is my humble hope that word of today’s arrest will provide for them some small measure of comfort and closure.”  

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original call are as follows: At about 9:41pm, on Friday, May 4, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on patrol when they heard what sounded like shots fired in the area of 277 Centre Street. Upon hearing the shots, officers immediately and instinctively made a direct line towards the scene of the gunfire. On arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for further treatment of their injuries. Both victims, a male believed to be in his fifties and a second male in his twenties, later succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased. 

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.