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Woman, 21, slain; boyfriend charged

She has a son, 3, family says

Alessa Castellon Alessa Castellon
By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / July 25, 2011

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A woman was fatally shot early yesterday in Dorchester, and a man she had dated was later arrested and charged in the slaying, which authorities called an apparent act of domestic violence.

Boston police said in a statement that officers found Alessa Castellon, 21, of Roslindale, with multiple gunshot wounds in the area of 50 Granger St. just after 3 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested Junior Fernandes, 22, of Dorchester, yesterday afternoon and charged him with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. He is to be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court.

Castellon’s father, Antonio Castellon, 50, of Roslindale, said in a brief phone interview that his daughter leaves a 3-year-old son, Antonio. She had dated Fernandes off and on for several months. He had not noticed any significant problems between them and could not imagine that Fernandes would want to harm her. He said he was surprised by the situation.

Fernandes’s relatives could not be reached yesterday.

Authorities declined to discuss the relationship between Castellon and Fernandes or provide details about a possible motive for the killing.

“It appears to be an act of deadly domestic violence,’’ said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Wark said details about a motive will be released at the arraignment today.

A woman who lives at 50 Granger but declined to give her name said Castellon was shot in front of the three-story, multifamily unit after she had come over to visit a tenant on the third floor.

The woman said she did not know the tenant or Castellon, and that she cannot recall a prior shooting on the street.

“I have to move,’’ said the woman, a mother of two. “It’s traumatizing.’’

No one responded yesterday when a Globe reporter rang the third-floor buzzer.

The killing was the 27th homicide in the city this year, compared with 32 at this time last year, a police spokesman said.

There have been 17 domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts this year, not counting Castellon, according to Maureen Gallagher, policy director of the Boston-based Jane Doe Inc., an advocacy group for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

She urged victims of domestic assault to seek help immediately. ”Sometimes it’s not obvious to other people, and you may be afraid to talk about it to others, but you can reach out,” she said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.