UPDATE: Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Homicide in the Area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury


Today, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, only eleven days after the original incident, members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Boston Police Homicide Unit arrested a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting death that occurred on Saturday, July 7, 2018 in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury. At about 1:00 PM this afternoon, officers located and arrested 26-year-old Ira Harrison of Boston, in the area of 187 Walnut Avenue, Dorchester, and charged him with Murder for his role in the shooting death of 29-year-old Christian Rivera of Dorchester. Ira Harrison was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, "The Homicide detectives did a tremendous job investigating this case and making an arrest less than two weeks after the incident. The detectives of the BPD Homicide Unit continue to work day-in and day-out in hopes of bringing justice for this victim and all victims of homicide and their families. I cannot say enough about their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the people of this city.”

At about 3:10 PM on Saturday, July 7, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 76 Homestead Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 29-year-old Christian Rivera of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the investigation 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.

If you find yourself needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.