• Victims in Roxbury killing identified, police continue search for suspects


    ROXBURY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Three people fatally shot at a house party in Roxbury over the weekend have been identified.

    Police say that Brian Tirado, 23; Ana Cruz, 22; and Felix Garcia, 22, all of Dorchester; were shot early Saturday morning in the area of 153 Intervale Street in Roxbury. The were later pronounced dead at local hospitals.

    Investigators were searching for an older-model maroon or red Mercury vehicle in connection with the case.

    Anyone with information about the triple murder is asked to call Boston police at 617-343-4470. Tips can be made anonymously to the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or via text by sending the word "TIP" to CRIME (27463).

    The shooting came two days after Mayor Tom Menino and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis held a meeting about summer safety.

    "As you know, we have seen an increase in our city in shooting activities over the past few weeks," said the mayor in a press conference after the meeting. "It is not typical to see this type of increase at this point in the summer, it is worrisome for me."

    Mayor Menino said it is also a great matter of concern for the people of Boston and Commissioner Davis. The mayor said he was briefed by law enforcement on measures they are taking to curb gun violence in the city. He said police officials are continuing to focus on "impact players, hot spot areas, and problem properties."

    "Right now, 25 problem properties are targeted for increased enforcement," Menino explained. "The gang and drug units have taken 30 guns off the streets just this month."

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