Second person faces charges in fatal stabbing in October
A second person is facing charges in the fatal stabbing of 39-year-old Cherby LaJoie in October, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement today.
Tarayiah “Tip” Hunt, 21, of Dorchester was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on a murder charge, prosecutors said. Hunt was ordered held without bail.
Boston police found LaJoie suffering from multiple stab wounds to his head and chest in the area of 11 Charles St. in Dorchester just after 1 a.m. on Oct. 6. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hunt was linked to the murder through DNA evidence collected from the scene, MBTA surveillance footage, and an anonymous tip that a woman named “Tip” was involved with the murder, prosecutors said.
Witnesses reported seeing a group of people assaulting the victim and then fleeing toward the Fields Corner MBTA station, prosecutors said. Police observed a trail of blood leading from the scene and going through the subway station. Surveillance footage from the station showed a group of four young people running through the station shortly after the stabbing occurred, prosecutors said.
Fourteen-year-old Ernest Watkins IV was charged in October with the stabbing. Watkins was singled out by witnesses as the one who repeatedly plunged a knife into the victim. LaJoie was stabbed 37 times.
Hunt, who was arraigned Wednesday, is slated to return to court on May 29.Lauren Dezenski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenDezenski.