Friday, July 12, 2024

Tony Harris is arraigned in 2017 Somerville District Court in this screen capture from WBZ-TV.

An Everett man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the 2017 shooting of Kevin Raymond in a parking lot on Canal Lane in Somerville.

Tony Dyshaun Harris, 34, was convicted June 6 by a jury of murder, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license and carrying a loaded firearm without a license. During a subsequent bench trial July 27, Judge Cathleen Campbell found Harris guilty of being an armed career criminal based on 2007 convictions for armed assault to murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Campbell sentenced Harris to life with the possibility of parole at 25 years on the charge of murder and five years to five years and one day concurrent with the murder and each other on the armed-career-criminal charges.

“We will not allow this kind of gun violence to go unchecked,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan in a Thursday announcement with Somerville’s interim chief of police, Charles Femino.


The murdered man was a 20-year-old Somerville resident and student at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, who moved to the United States after his birth in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, according to family information from the Doherty Funeral Service. University information shows he held a sports management major with a minor in international business; he played on the university’s football team in 2015 after playing throughout his time at Somerville High School.

Upon discovery of the approximately 3:37 a.m. Oct. 14 shooting, Raymond was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

There was a second incident that night that took place a few minutes earlier, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Ednilson Dacosta, 28, of Dorchester, was shot in a car on Windsor Street at Evereteze Way, near Inman Square in East Cambridge. He too was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The killing of Dacosta has not been solved.

Some have tied a ramp-up in violence in the spring back to the two killings from October 2017.

This post took significant amounts of material from press releases.