Boston police make arrest in murder of Rashad Lesley-Barnes, Brigham and Women’s employee stabbed in Roxbury
The father of murder victim Rashad Lesley-Barnes said today he would allow the criminal justice system to deal with the man now charged with stabbing his son to death Aug. 15 on a Roxbury street.
“I put it all in the system’s hands,’’ Don Lesley said at Roxbury Municipal Court, where his son’s alleged killer, Jahvon Goodwin, 21, was arraigned today. “I’m happy for what we’ve gotten so far.’’
Lesley was accompanied by one of the victim’s siblings, Laya Lesley-Barnes, who said the family did not know the alleged killer, and added that her family remains in mourning.
“We don’t know anything,’’ she said. “He was a great kid who will truly be missed.’’
At the request of his defense attorney, Goodwin was kept out of the courtroom today. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail by Judge Kenneth J. Fiandaca, who also revoked bail in an unrelated case.
No new information about the stabbing of Lesley-Barnes was disclosed in court by prosecutors from Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, or Goodwin’s attorney.
The fatal attack on Lesley-Barnes was captured on surveillance cameras, and police have publicly circulated images from the incident, hoping to identify the attacker of the 24-year-old Boston man.
One image shows the attacker with his right hand raised as he apparently prepared to stab his victim on Warren Street.
Lesley-Barnes was one of five people slain in Boston during four days earlier this month. Also killed were three 22-year-old women who were shot to death on Harlem Street in Dorchester, and a 34-year-old man who was shot in Roslindale.
The arrest of Lesley-Barnes’s alleged killer is the only one made by Boston police in those slayings.
According to his family, relatives, and co-workers, Lesley-Barnes attended City on a Hill High School and had worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a patient transporter since 2006.
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