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1 Teenage Girl Killed, Another Injured In Cambridge Shooting

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One teenage girl is dead and another is in critical condition following a Sunday night shooting in Cambridge.

Charlene Holmes (Courtesy, via WCVB-TV)
Charlene Holmes (Courtesy, via WCVB-TV)

Authorities said both girls were shot as they sat on a porch on Willow Street at about 8 p.m. Sunday night.

On Monday morning, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office identified the slain girl as Charlene Holmes, 16, of Cambridge.

Neighbors told WBUR's David Boeri that they heard at least four gunshots on Sunday evening on Willow Street, across from a baseball field where a game was under way.

As one woman screamed for someone to call 911, another neighbor, Cheryl Hall, ran up to Holmes, a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School who was known for her big brown eyes.

"And I just held her like this, and she looked right at us," Hall told David. "Her hand just slipped and gave way in your hand."

Called "Chay" by friends, Holmes was described as quiet, with lots of friends, and aspiring to be a nurse.

"Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Charlene Holmes," said a posting on the Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Facebook page late Sunday. "May they find the strength, courage and patience to bear this tragic loss."

Officials have not released the name of the other girl injured in the shooting, but have said she's a 17-year-old. [Update at 1:30 p.m.: The Cambridge superintendent has identified her as Thanialee Cotto-Felix.]

Neighbors told David that there have been recent troubles and criminal activity at the triple-decker where the girls were sitting when they were shot.

Cambridge Police are continuing to investigate the shooting. No arrests have been made.

It's Cambridge's first murder of 2012.

This post has been updated throughout with David's reporting from Cambridge.

This article was originally published on June 04, 2012.

This program aired on June 4, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.



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