On the 10th anniversary of a fatal drive-by shooting that claimed the life of 16-year-old Charlene Holmes, investigators are renewing calls for witnesses to provide information.
On Friday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow asked for the public’s help in piecing together the cold case, which also seriously injured a 17-year-old girl.
The shooting happened around 8pm on June 3, 2012, outside Holmes’ home on Willow Street in Cambridge. When police arrived on the scene, Holmes and the other teenager had been shot and wounded, the results of an apparent drive-by shooting.
The teens were sitting on the porch of the residence when the shooting happened. None of the girls were supposed to be the intended targets of the shooting. Holmes, a second year student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
After the shooting, Holmes’ mother told Boston.com that her daughter was “a beautiful, loving, wonderful person. She was a people person. She loved life.”
Investigators say they are sure there were witnesses to the crime and they are hoping for new clues.
“It’s been 10 years since Charlene Holmes was murdered outside her home. A truly innocent victim, her death is a tragic loss that continues to be felt by the entire community,” Ryan said. had witnesses present at the time of the shooting and as we mark this sad day, I renew my appeal to the community for witnesses to come forward to the authorities.”
Hoping to get new leads, investigators released photos of the suspect vehicle, a black four-door sedan, seen on Willow Street at the time of the shooting. Anyone likely to recognize the vehicle is asked to contact the authorities.
“Charlene had an incredibly bright future ahead of her and her life was taken far too soon by a senseless act of violence. We remain strongly committed today, as we did 10 years ago, to bringing justice to Charlene. and his loved ones,” said Commissioner Elow.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Massachusetts State Police at (781) 897-6600 or the Cambridge Police Criminal Investigation Section at (617) 349-3370.
Tipsters can also submit tips anonymously by calling (617) 349-3359, online at www.cambridgepolice.org/tips, or by texting Tip411 (847411). If you’re texting a tip, start the message with Tip650, then type a message.
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