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Boston University graduate student, 24, killed in Allston shooting

Posted by Roy Greene  April 19, 2012 02:09 PM

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A 24-year-old graduate student at Boston University was killed early today in an apparent shooting in Allston, the university and police said.

At about 2:40 a.m., police were called to 139 Allston St., and upon arrival found a man lying outside in the area of 112 Allston St., Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said. The victim was suffering from severe head trauma, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Boston University said the man, a student in the Graduate School of Management, had been shot in the head and leg.

Detectives said they are awaiting autopsy results to declare a manner of death, but that a preliminary investigation indicates the victim suffered from gunshot wounds, police said.

His identity was not immediately released because relatives were being notified, officials said. Police said he was 24.

The shooting occurred about a mile from the BU campus in a residential area just off Commonwealth Avenue.

“Our prayers go out to the family and friends of the student,” BU President Robert A. Brown said in statement posted on the college's website. “We are all deeply saddened by his death.”

The website said Brown had sent a letter expressing his concern to the BU community .

“This appears to be an isolated incident,” Brown said. “I want to assure all students, whether they live on campus or off campus, that public safety is a priority for this institution.”

The killing capped a violent day in the city. A man Wednesday later died, authorities said today. Earlier Wednesday, a man bleeding from a gunshot wound walked into the Target store in the South Bay shopping center in Dorchester and calmly asked for help.

This afternoon, Allston residents said the shooting has shattered the relative calm of the neighborhood of apartments that house mostly college students and young professionals.

Krysta Voskowsky, 24, said she was in a sound sleep in her Allston apartment when she awoke to two thundering gunshot sounds early today.

"It sounded like a huge bang in the alley right next to my building," said Voskowsky, who is pursuing a master's degree at Emerson College. "It sounded like someone dropped a huge pallet of something."

She said she is familiar with gunshot sounds from when she worked on a farm in Texas when she was younger, but second-guessed herself after hearing them early today and fell back asleep.

"I think I kind of convinced myself they weren't gunshots so I wouldn't have anymore nightmares," she said.

She said she has lived in Allston since September.

"When I moved to Boston, I was like, 'Oh, it's not New York, it will be safe,' " she said. "I never thought I'd hear gunshots around here," she added. "It concerns me a little bit. I come home late at night sometimes. Hearing this kind of violence right around the corner is kind of unnerving. It's nerve-wracking."

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 617-343-4470. Those who wish to assist anonymously can contact the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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