Two Dorchester men were convicted last week for the brutal shooting of 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis in May 2010. Joshua Fernandes, 19, and Crisostomo Lopes, 23, were both found guilty of first-degree murder by a Suffolk Superior Court jury after just four hours of deliberation.
Lopes and Fernandes were sentenced last Friday. Their convictions carry a mandatory life sentence without parole.
Prosecutors proved that the two men— associates of a gang from Homes Ave.— targeted Fomby-Davis and teamed up to grab him off his scooter near the corner of Bowdoin and Olney Streets. Fernandes fired the four shots that killed the boy. The attack was apparently revenge for a near-accident between Lopes and Fomby-Davis’ older brother, who had been riding the scooter earlier. Lopes and Fernandes lay in wait for the scooter to return.
“This was, in a sense, a case of mistaken identity,” said Suffolk County DA Dan Conley. “These defendants planned on killing the operator of that scooter, and instead they killed his younger brother. But this case would have been every bit as senseless, every bit as sickening, if they had shot their intended target.
“There was no feud. There was no rivalry. There was no bad blood. There were just two gang members with easy access to a gun and absolutely no regard for human life.”
An off-duty Boston Police officer —Anthony Davis— was driving in the area and spotted Lopes and Fernandes lurking in the area just before the shooting. He observed the attack and led the pursuit that ended in the pair’s arrest.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said, “I would like to especially recognize Police Officer Anthony Williams for intervening in this murderous assault. I am particularly gratified that the jury rejected the outrageous claims made by defense council.”
On Friday, Fomby-Davis’ family members had a chance to speak in court about the impact this murder had on their lives. The victim’s father, Nathaniel Davis, Sr., blamed feuding gang members for stealing his son, an innocent who had no affiliation with any of them.
“I’ve been living there since 1970,” said Davis. “I’ve shown nothing but love for people. And you’re going to do that to my son? Two years older than my son, you should have been showing him how to play basketball or something. When are you going to cut it out? When are you all going to cut it out? We didn’t have anything to do with all that Hatfield and McCoys between the families … We didn’t do nothing wrong, nothing to you, not a damned thing.”