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Aaron Justin Wornum, In Memoriam

Posted: July 14, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Damian and Mom remember AaronAaron Wornum in Memoriam

"Do you remember the kid, Aaron, who used to come to our house?  He was always polite and well dressed?"  My son, Damian, had come to visit and was offering me advice about the continuing violence in Upham's Corner.  "Mom, get out!" and he added:  "Aaron was murdered on Sumner Street."
Aaron was the second of Damian's friends, murdered in the last year.  "It's always about women or money," he said. My heart stopped. 

How many friends Damian had coming to our house for band practice - how could I remember Aaron out of the sea of faces?  I recall one youth, well dressed and polite who seemed to remember me more than I remembered him.  He took an interest in my well being, asking me questions about our prior conversations.  He stood out from the rest.

A friend remembers Aaron: 

He was a tall kid, well spoken and he always wore a suit. The last time we saw him was shortly after Brian Fahy passed.  Was he getting in trouble? There are choices that you make and people that you hang around.  You don't always know if they're going to be the right people for your life for the choices that you are trying to make.

His teen empowerment video is very short but it says you have to make a commitment to pull away from the people who are going to pull you down.   It's really hard. 

Aaron was a person who was not trying to get into trouble actually.  He was trying to pursue his music career  but if you are living in the "streets," there are still all these dangers around you. 

I was just talking with some of my friends and saying that I don't want to move back to Dorchester because of the violence.  My take on it is that this was a good kid who came from a rough background and was unfortunately dealt a bad hand - the wrong place at the wrong time.

Another friend reflects:

Someone close to Aaron says that it was "over money."  That's just a rumor but if that was the case, if it was over money, it was really unfortunate to take somebody's life over something that could be easily worked out.  No one's life is worth losing over money.  Life is priceless.

Both are victims of the violence in Dorchester.  One is dead at 25.  And the other?  What's left for him?  A macabre game of jailcell music chairs and life imprisonment?  That's sad. Twenty years old. That's not justice. It's just another life lost.

On May 8, 2008 Aaron Wornum gave a short talk for Teen Empowerment. 

At about 9:20pm, on Sunday, June 26, 2011, officers form District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Sumner and East Cottage Streets. On arrival, officers observed an individual, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, lying in the street in front of 4 Sumner Street.

The victim, a 25 year-old male, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Aaron Wornum, 25, of Boston.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit began actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and encouraged anyone with information to contact the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Aaron Wornum in Memoriam
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Aaron Wornum In Memoriam

Just over two weeks later, on July 13, 2011 at approximately 2:00pm, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit and Gang Unit arrested Anthony Robertson, 20, of Dorchester.  Robertson was arrested on Arbutus Street in Dorchester, wanted for the murder of Aaron Wornum.  He was to be arraigned the next day, facing charges of  murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

At 8:30 am on July 14, 2011 at a Dorchester District Court hearing, Assistant District Attorney David Fredette said the two [Aaron Wornum and Anthony Robertson] knew each other and that, in fact, they were talking to each other on their cell phones when Robertson opened fire around 9 p.m. and shot Wornum several times.

Anthony Robertson, 20, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on charges he murdered Aaron Wornum on Sumner Street in Dorchester on June 26.

Wornum's relatives and friends filled more than two rows in Dorchester District Court as Robertson was arraigned - from behind a door to hide him from the public. A smaller number of Robertson's relatives also attended.

As published in the Boston Herald from July 4 to July 5, 2011

WORNUM Aaron Justin of Boston, June 26, 2011.

Loving son of Deborah Wornum and Curtis Smith. Loving brother of Jamaal Wornum, Michael Smith, and Rodney Smith. Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 11:30 A.M. from the Greater Love Tabernacle Church, 101 Nightingale Street, Boston, MA. Visiting with the family also Wednesday, July 6, 2011, from 10:00 A.M. at the Church. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Arrangements Entrusted to: Floyd A. Williams Funeral Home 490 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 617-436-5592

You are invited to Legacy.com to express your memories and condolences, or just to read what others have said.

Legacy.com - Aaron Wornum

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