Boston Police Runners Club to Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey

Boston Police Runners Club to Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey: Today, Friday, April 17, 2015, Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Runners Club, representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, representatives from Operation Progress Boston and family & friends of Ryan Morrissey gathered today at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club to honor and remember Ryan Morrissey by announcing the creation of a scholarship in his name. On November 5, 2014, Ryan, just 17 years-old, was shot and killed outside a Charlestown convenience store. Authorities later learned that Ryan was mistakenly targeted by suspects who wrongly identified him for someone else. Less than a year after the senseless murder, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Operation Progress Boston and Boston Police Runners Club joined together to honor a young man who deserved better.

Today, scholarships were presented to two upstanding members of the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club who have displayed an ability and desire to be difference makers in their community. The Boston Police Runners Club presented a $50,000 check to Operation Progress Boston for scholarships to be presented in memory of Ryan Morrissey. Said Commissioner Evans: “In the days after Ryan was shot, I received more calls from people in the community telling me just how a special a kid Ryan was. It’s nice to know that – with the creation of this scholarship – his memory will live on for years to come.” Said Paul Morrissey, Ryan’s uncle, “Ryan was a great kid. We miss him every day. It’s nice to know that he’ll never be forgotten.”

Media Availability: Boston Police Runners Club to Donate Monies Raised during the Boston Marathon to Help Fund Scholarship in Memory of Ryan Morrissey

Media Availability: Boston Police Runners Club to Donate Monies Raised during the Boston Marathon to Help Fund Scholarship in Memory of Ryan Morrissey 

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Runners Club, Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, friends and family of Ryan Morrissey, Scholarship Recipients, Operation Progress, Boston Marathon Runners Running for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.

WHAT: On November 5, 2014, 17 year-old Ryan Morrissey was a young man minding his own business when in an apparent case of mistaken identity he was shot and killed outside a Charlestown convenience store. Less than a year after the senseless murder, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Operation Progress Boston and Boston Police Runners Club have joined together to establish a scholarship fund in Ryan’s memory. This year, inaugural scholarships will be presented to two upstanding members of the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club who have displayed an ability and desire to be difference makers in their community. The Boston Police Runners Club will be presenting a $50,000 check to Operation Progress Boston for scholarships to be presented in memory of Ryan Morrissey. Operation Progress is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance, mentoring and help to young people who desire to go to college. To learn more about Operation Progress Boston – please click on the link: http://www.operationprogress.org/about-us.html

WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, 15 Green St, Charlestown, MA

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:30pm

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Fatal Shooting in Charlestown

 

Today, March 11, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced three arrests in connection with the shooting death of Ryan Morrissey. At about 9:40 PM on November 5, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to an outdoor scene for a person or persons shot in the area of 274 Main Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers located two male victims both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.  One of the victims, identified as Ryan Morrissey, 17, of Charlestown, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The other victim survived his injuries.  

Based on evidence developed during the course of an ongoing investigation, Boston Police Homicide detectives last night located and arrested Julio Baez, 24, of Charlestown and charged him with Murder. Baez was held without bail until his arraignment today in Charlestown Municipal Court.   

Shortly after the arraignment of Baez, Boston Police Homicide detectives located and arrested a second suspect, Danilo Soto, 21, of Dorchester, and charged him with Murder. The third suspect, a 17 year-old male from Charlestown, is already in custody being held on charges in a separate, unrelated incident and will also be charged.  

Said Commissioner Evans: “A little over four months ago, a young man by the name of Ryan Morrissey was simply minding his own business, hanging out with friends and doing what kids his age do when he was mistakenly targeted and gunned down outside of a convenience store in Charlestown by a suspect intent on causing hurt and harm to another. For the past four months, Boston Police Homicide detectives, working closely with our partners in the District Attorney’s office, have worked around the clock in our shared efforts to bring those responsible to justice.  This was clearly a case of mistaken identity with tragic consequences but, thankfully, those responsible will be held accountable. Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Morrissey family and it is our sincere hope that the news of today’s arrest will provide for them some small measure of comfort and relief.”

Said DA Conley: “Detectives on the street and prosecutors in the grand jury built the case piece by piece, day by day, until we reached this point. Some cases are made in days and others over a period of years, but none of them fall through the cracks.  As with this case, every single one gets our best efforts.”  

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.