No arrests in Roslindale double murder

Boston police today swarmed the cream-colored three-decker in Roslindale where a 43-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were shot to death early Sunday morning.

Detectives headed in and out of the building at 3964 Washington St. this afternoon, while the immediate area around the building was cordoned off by yellow police tape. Police kept a constant presence on the second-floor deck.

Police did not officially release the identities of the victims, but a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation identified the victims as Elvira Pimental and her son, Elvis Sanchez. Friends of the teen, who was apparently also known as Elvis Castro, launched a Facebook memorial page.


A third person, a 34-year-old man, survived the gunfire. He remained unidentified today.

Authorities had no comment on a possible motive for the shooting. No arrests have been made.

A recent increase in violence has upset residents of the working class neighborhood.

“I worry, because my grandchildren play in the neighborhood,’’ Aura Saldana, 49, who lives in the neighborhood, said. “It’s scary.’’

Since the beginning of June, seven people, including Sunday’s victims, have been shot — three fatally — on and around the stretch of Washington Street that runs through Roslindale.

On June 5, two 23-year-old men were shot near the Archdale public housing development; one died on the scene. Last Thursday night, two brothers were injured in a shooting near the intersection of Washington Street and Durnell Avenue.

Violence has also struck nearby in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Kevin Thomas, 32, and Billie Kee, 24, were shot at about 12:40 a.m. on July 26 at their home on Hyde Park Avenue in what police believe was a drug-related attack.


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