A 16 year-old girl, Wilmary Mejia Matos of Roxbury, was arraigned in the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court last Monday (February 13) for the alleged stabbing murder of 21 year-old Brianna Brown early on the Saturday evening of February 11.
In addition, the defendant was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon for the stabbing of a second female, a 17 year-old companion of Brown’s, who was seriously wounded in the attack.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The tragic incident took place at approximately 5 p.m. on Woodside Ave. Both of the victims made their way to the District 13 police station at 3347 Washington St., which is about a block away from Woodside Ave., in the aftermath of the attack despite their multiple stab wounds, including to the neck. They were taken to separate hospitals, but Brown succumbed to her injuries.
Police who responded to the scene arrested Mejia on nearby Glen Rd. immediately after the incident. Mejia was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to prosecutors, the incident stemmed from an argument over photos sent by Mejia’s boyfriend to one or both of the victims.
”The scope of this tragedy is immense,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. “One young woman is dead, another is seriously injured, and a third is entering a life-altering journey through the court system. The trauma of this incident touches all of them, and all of their families. It also touches anyone who hopes and prays for a community less beset by pain and loss.” Under Massachusetts law, arraignments of juveniles ages 14 to 17 who have been charged with homicide take place in a regular adult court session instead of in a juvenile session, which is closed to the public