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A Case of Mistaken Identity: Justice Finally Achieved
By Stephen Baylis Hrones
It was October 31, 1994, Halloween night in Boston and nine-year old Jermaine Goffigan went trick-or-treating in his grandmother's housing development in Roxbury, known as Academy Homes. Earlier that evening, a drive by shooting occurred in Bromley-Heath, a rival neighborhood project. Later, Jermaine was playing outside in the yard with other youngsters under the supervision of Kevin Murphy, a former gang member in Academy Homes.
As Jermaine's mother was on the phone, sitting at the table, she looked out the window and noticed two individuals “creeping” along a five-foot high fence in front of her apartment. She noticed one light-skinned and one dark-skinned black male, both wearing “hoodies.” The light-skinned individual had a “medium, low cut afro, trimmed.” He put his hand over a fence surrounding where Jermaine was playing and started firing a gun after pulling back his hoodie. Sixteen to seventeen shots were fired. Jermaine was hit and later died on the way to the hospital. His mot
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