1 killed, 1 hurt in Dorchester shooting

Two men held but police seek motive, clues

By Christopher J. Girard
Globe Correspondent / May 23, 2010

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Police arrested two men in connection with a double shooting in Dorchester early yesterday morning that left a 24-year-old mother of four dead and an 18-year-old man wounded, according to Boston police.

Family and friends identified the woman as Toneika Jones of Dorchester, a full-time mother with a 1-year-old, a 7-year-old, and 4-year-old twins. The wounded man was taken to Boston Medical Center for injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said. Jones was also taken to BMC, where she was pronounced dead.

Police have charged Kadeem Foreman and Terrell Rainey, both 20 and of Boston, with murder and other charges. The men are expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court, said Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk district attorney’s office. Police did not release the identities of the victims and would not comment on possible motives.

The shootings took place on Harvard Street around 1:15 a.m. An officer who saw two people flee the scene called for backup and pursued a suspect on foot, police said. Officers found the two suspects hiding in a backyard about two blocks away. They also found two firearms along the route of the chase.

At 4:17 p.m. yesterday, an 18-year-old male was stabbed at about the same spot on Harvard Street and was taken to BMC for wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening, said Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman. He added that it was too soon to say whether there was a connection to the shooting.

Diana King, 23, of Roslindale, who was at the site of the shooting yesterday afternoon, said she grew up in Dorchester with Jones.

“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,’’ King said. “She’s sweet. She’s kind. There’s not enough words in the world to explain the kind of person she was.’’

Jones lived in an apartment nearby with her boyfriend, Theodore Allen, 20, who said the two have been together almost four years and that Jones’s youngest child is theirs.

“We were always together,’’ Allen said. “You see me, you see her. You see her, you see me. That was basically my future, gone.’’

Jones’s father, James Jones of Roxbury, also said his daughter, who has been training at home to become a cosmetologist, was in the wrong place.

“She was well-liked and had lots of friends,’’ Jones, 46, said.

Jessica Williamson, 21, of Dorchester, said the two grew up in Dorchester together. “She was more than a best friend to me,’’ Williamson said. “She was a mother figure when I didn’t have one.’’

Family and friends said they did not know why Jones was shot or the other victim’s identity.

Police are investigating the shooting. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in yesterday’s Metro section on a double shooting in Dorchester misspelled the name of the female victim. Her name is Toneika Jones.

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