Fenway Park Shooting Claims One Life: Jephthe Chery’s Death Shocks Community
A Fenway Park shooting has left one man dead and several others injured. According to Massachusetts police, Jephthe Chery, an MBTA commuter rail conductor, was killed during a shooting near a bar outside Boston’s Fenway Park on Thanksgiving day, and the killers are still on the run.
One person is dead after the Fenway Park shooting that occurred on Thursday. While most families were getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Cherys were learning about the death of their son.
Early Thursday morning, the body of Jephthe Chery, an employee of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, was discovered near the “Who’s on First?” bar just outside Fenway Park.
It is claimed that the MBTA commuter rail conductor, who was set to celebrate his 30th birthday today, was shot several times. Police claimed they strongly believe that Chery was an innocent bystander at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Three other people, who were wounded in the shooting, were rushed to a nearby hospital and are said to be in stable condition. No arrests have been made at this time. Investigators are currently going through videos from surveillance cameras in the neighborhood for suspects and are asking the public for help.
Talking to local reporters, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans revealed that at around 2 a.m., a group of officers patrolling on Van Ness Street heard gunshots and later saw several hundreds of people fleeing the bar. Evans shared:
“They’re brazen. They shot with my officers probably a half a block away. As they were responding they saw several hundred people fleeing the area.”
A spokesman for MBTA’s commuter rail issued a statement saying that the passing of Jephthe Chery was senseless and added:
“He was beloved and respected by his friends and colleagues on the railroad. Today we think deeply of his family, friends and co-workers.”
Friends of Chery also posted touching messages on Facebook. Mayor Marty Walsh had the following to say about the deadly shooting:
“From what I understand the young man that got shot was a hard working person, (he was going) to work today. First of all, some people have to grow up. We’re talking about grown men (on) Thanksgiving weekend.”
He went on to blast the bar for its constant violence. He stated:
“It has a history of violent incidents and it’s not indicative of the area and I hate to hear on the news someone shot so close to Fenway because the area is great, it’s safe.”
In September, the bar owner was cited after a shooting left two women wounded, and workers have been caught selling alcohol to minors in the past.