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Malden police search for clues in 21-year-old's shooting death

Posted by Marcia Dick  September 8, 2010 10:02 AM

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Matt Byrne

Friends and relatives have erected a makeshift memorial at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Wyeth Street.

No arrests have been made in the shooting death of Cory Disciscio, 21, of Stoneham, who was pronounced dead after police arrived at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Wyeth Street about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Malden police.

The killing does not appear to be random, according to police, who said the shooting occurred after an argument.

“I don’t know what happened. I heard three gunshots,’’ said Lisa Selvage, who lives on Wyeth Street.

“I came running down [Wyeth Street] and he was on the ground already. He was shot in the head.’’

Friends, screaming and crying, surrounded Disciscio as patrons rushed out of a bar across the street and residents came out of their homes to see what had happened, Selvage said. Two women arrived in separate cars, she said.

Selvage, who has lived on Wyeth Street for five years, said the neighborhood used to be peaceful, but fights have broken out recently near the bar.

“There seems to be trouble down there every night,’’ she said. “We’re trying to get that bar closed down.’’

Police blocked off the area around Wyeth Street for about four hours Monday morning, Selvage said.

Joe Hyde, who said he is Discisco's uncle, said he and a handful of Disciscio’s other family members all work at Malden Transportation Inc. The taxi company is headquartered steps from where police reportedly found Disciscio suffering from gunshot wounds, and where friends and relatives have erected a makeshift memorial at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Wyeth Street.

“He was a super kid,” said Hyde. “There is a lot of love here, a lot of love for a kid that it didn’t mean to happen to. We’re here for his life.”

Pictures, flowers, and cards bearing messages to the family were posted Tuesday morning. Prayer candles were lit next to photos from a camping trip Disciscio attended with friends. A Malden Transportation uniform, hung around a brick column, had been scrawled with messages.

Hyde said Disciscio was on his way to living independently and growing up when his life was cut short. Disciscio had moved into his first apartment about eight months ago and had bought a car and had begun to change from a “boy into a man,” Hyde said.

A friend who sat vigil at the memorial Tuesday morning and who would only identify himself as Joe, said he grew up with Disciscio, and that he was shocked by the violence this weekend that has left two people dead and a two more wounded.
 
“I just home and pray that this is a sign to everyone that life is precious,” said Joe, who would not give his last name. “[Life] is not a given. We should all just love each other,” he said.   

The Middlesex district attorney’s office is also investigating the killing.

Anyone with information on the case can call the State Police at 781-897-6600 or the Malden Police Department at 781-397-7171.

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