Man charged in 2016 fatal shooting in Mission Hill apartment
By Thomas Oide
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A Boston man was charged Friday with the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man in his Mission Hill apartment more than two-and-a-half years ago.
Kevin Fernandes, 24, was charged in West Roxbury District Court with murder in the death of Eden Jacquet and held without bail as about 20 of the victim’s relatives and friends sat in the first two rows of the courtroom. A not guilty plea was entered on Fernandes’s behalf.
The motive of the shooting remains under investigation, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel J. Conley.
When Bradley began describing the events that led up to Jacquet’s death on Jan. 13, 2016, two women in the front row broke down in tears. The relatives and friends declined to comment and asked for privacy.
At the request of Fernandes’s lawyer, Kelli Porges, he stayed in the hallway of the courtroom where he could hear the proceedings but couldn’t be seen, which prompted many of Jacquet’s family and friends to shake their heads.
Boston police arrested Fernandes on an outstanding warrant Thursday in the area of 31 Rugby Road in Mattapan, according to the police website.
Fernandes told police that he was at Jacquet’s apartment on Fenwood Road twice on the day of the shooting, according to court documents.
The second time he went to the apartment, at about 6 p.m., and shot Jacquet in the chest, according to a statement from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. People in the area “heard a commotion” around the time of the shooting, the statement said.
Jacquet’s girlfriend, who was living with him at the time, returned home around 7:30 p.m. to find the apartment “in disarray.” When she couldn’t find Jacquet, Bradley said in court, she called his cellphone, which led her to find his body beneath a knocked-over Christmas tree. Boston police officers arrived at the apartment at 7:39 p.m. and found Jacquet suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso, according to the police website. He was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
When police searched Jacquet’s iPhone they discovered that Fernandes and Jacquet had exchanged text messages minutes before Jacquet was shot, Bradley said. In the text messages, Fernandes asked for Jacquet’s address and indicated that he was coming up to his apartment, prosecutors said.
Boston police and the FBI initially had trouble unlocking Jacquet’s iPhone, and were only able to do so earlier this year with the aid of newly available technology, Wark said.
Fernandes, who is being held at Nashua Street Jail, is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Sept. 17, according to Wark.
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