The man shot to death outside of a Revere Beach ice cream shop Sunday night was attempting to recover two stolen backpacks, according to authorities.
Now, a 19-year-old man is being charged with his murder.
In addition to the murder charge, Felix Martinez is being charged assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of armed robbery, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in a news release. He was arraigned via telephone on Thursday in Chelsea District Court. He’s being held without bail.
Prior to the shooting last Sunday, authorities say Martinez and another person allegedly robbed 20-year-old Yaseen Butt and another individual of two backpacks, one of which was valued around $800. The person with Martinez allegedly pulled out a gun during the robbery.
The victims then gathered some companions and tried to find Martinez to get the backpacks back, authorities said. They saw Martinez with a group of people on Revere Beach Boulevard, and he reportedly had one of the stolen backpacks.
Martinez allegedly attempted to get a gun from someone during an ensuing confrontation between the groups, according to the release.
“In response, [Butt] retreated from the location and was chased by Martinez and a group of males to a grassy area near 82 Revere Beach Blvd,” the release said. “[Butt] fell to the ground, where the group began to kick and beat him.”
It was during this time that Martinez allegedly shot Butt. Police were called to the scene near 82 Revere Beach Blvd. around 10:10 p.m. Butt was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he later died, authorities said. Martinez, meanwhile, was seen on security footage as he fled to a nearby MBTA station. There, he reportedly jumped onto the train tracks and “was narrowly missed by a train as he made his escape.”
“Yaseen’s life was stolen over a backpack,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in the release. “This violence and complete disregard for human life is unacceptable.”
A GoFundMe was set up by one of Butt’s family members to cover his funeral expenses. As of Friday morning, it had surpassed its $12,000 goal.
“He was a genuine soul, pure of heart, and always wanted to help people regardless of knowing them or not,” the description for the fundraiser said.
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