Four years to the day after her brother was shot to death, a South End woman was fatally gunned down on the same spot late Saturday as she knelt at the makeshift shrine to her slain sibling, friends and family said.
Analicia Perry , 20, had dropped her child off with her sister, then walked to Albert Street to pay homage to her late brother, Robert Perry . As she laid candles at the site, in the rear of 39 Annunciation Road, she was shot, friends and neighbors said yesterday.
The shooting -- the city's 43d homicide of the year -- occurred as the Boston Police Department is searching for a commissioner and its members have been shaken by a corruption investigation that now involves four officers.
The shooting happened on a bloody weekend during which at least one other person was killed and at least four others were shot in unrelated cases.
Officers responded to Albert Street on Saturday about 11:30 p.m. and found a woman bleeding from the head. She was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and pronounced dead early yesterday. Police declined to confirm her identity or age, but friends and a relative identified Perry, who went by the nickname ``Ana-Banana" and had a 4-year-old daughter.
Yesterday, friends gathered at the house of Perry's sister, Chyneatha Perry , 26, in Grove Hall. ``We're trying to make sense of it," she said. ``This is crazy."
Robert Perry was 26 when he was shot in 2002 on the sidewalk next to his apartment complex on Annunciation Road. Police eventually identified Robert Moss, 19, as the shooter, but he was never arrested. A few days after Perry's death, Moss's body was found on the grounds of Mount Calvary Cemetery on Cummins Highway, the Globe reported then. He had been shot multiple times . Moss's killing has not been solved.
Soon after Robert Perry's slaying, his relatives who lived on Annunciation Road moved from the street, haunted by the memories.
``We couldn't take it," said Chyneatha Perry. ``We moved."
But Analicia Perry often visited the neighborhood, where she had several friends. Relatives said she had no enemies and had nothing to fear by going to the memorial site . On Saturday, she was supposed to go there with a group of relatives, but the rain kept many of them away. Relatives said she stayed in the neighborhood all day, waiting for the wind to subside, determined to make sure a candle would stay lit.
Word that she was shot spread quickly throughout the neighborhood, and friends rushed to the scene, on a one-way side street close to the Ruggles MBTA station and within view of Boston police headquarters.
Yesterday, about two dozen people stood at the scene, where blood was visible on the sidewalk. A cardboard sign with the words ``Rest in Peace" scrawled in marker rested against a fence. The word ``Anna" was written on the sidewalk in pink wax, not far from the makeshift memorial that Robert Perry's mourners had maintained. ``She was like a sister to us all," said friend Tyeshia Steed .
Analicia Perry lived with her mother and another sister about a mile from Annunciation Road on West Newton Street in the South End. Relatives and friends said she had worked for a time at
Perry's friends said she was a 2004 graduate of North Cambridge Catholic High School and played guard for the basketball team. Tonight, at Thomas Johnson Community Center, a few yards from where Perry was shot, friends plan to remember her. ``Everybody is just still trying to cope with this," Chyneatha Perry said. ``This doesn't happen to the same family twice at the same day, the same spot."
``It's like lightning striking twice," said an aunt, Dorma Perry-Hughes .
David Paskind , principal of North Cambridge Catholic, said that Analicia Perry was a model student. ``This is another senseless act of gun violence," he said.
Yesterday, detectives told the family that the police did not yet have any leads, relatives said.
``We're looking for answers," said Perry-Hughes. ``We're looking for anyone with information."
Two men also were shot late Saturday, on Morton Street in Mattapan. One was shot in the ear and taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries; the other was shot in the neck area and was in serious condition. On Friday, one man was killed and two others were critically wounded in a shooting outside the Tara Pub on Dorchester Avenue. Christine McConville of the Globe Staff contributed to this report, along with Globe correspondents Stephanie Conduff, Ari Bloomekatz, Emma G. Fitzsimmons, and Sean M. Greene.