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Francis Kargbo - Murder Victim #5 - Upham's Corner, August 23, 2011

Posted: January 15, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Friend Held in Sumner Street Slaying **

A friend of the man slain on Sumner Street early yesterday morning was held without bail today after being charged with a single count of murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

On August 24, 2011 at Dorchester District Court, Lester James (D.O.B. 11/14/86) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court for the stabbing death of 23-year-old Francis Kargbo shortly after midnight on Aug. 23. Judge Robert Baylor granted prosecutors’ requests and ordered James held without bail.

Accoring to Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Lundgren of Conley’s Homicide Unit, James and Kargbo - and only those two men - were present on the upstairs porch of James’ apartment at 92 Sumner St. just prior to the incident when they became involved in a verbal argument. That argument, the prosecutor said, escalated to a physical confrontation in which Kargbo suffered a stab wound to the left side of his chest.

At that point Kargbo ran down the stairs and into the street where he collapsed.  Lundgren told the judge that the firefighters, who were the first to respond, found James standing over Kargbo as he bled to eath. 

Francis Kargbo became the fifth murder victim in Upham's Corner in 2011.

When asked where the incident had taken place, Lundgren said, James allegedly pointed up at his porch. A subsequent search warrant obtained by detectives provided access to the apartment where they found "a large amount of blood" on the porch, along with a blood trail from the porch down the stairs and to the street.

With sufficient facts statements made by James during an interview, Boston Police homicide detectives placed him under arrest the  afternoon of August 23rd.

Attorney James Greenberg has been appointed to represent James.

** Excerpted from a District Attorney Press Release         Read original press release.

Fund set up in name of murdered man **

Francis Kargbo, 23, was killed on Aug. 23, 2011 after he was allegedly stabbed by a friend, Lester James, during an argument
inside the suspect's apartment.  Francis Kargbo's family has set up a memorial fund that they say will assist impoverished children in the
victim's native African country, Sierra Leone.

Kargbo, who moved to the United States from Sierra Leone in 1998, grew up in Somerville and Boston and earned an associate's degree at Roxbury Community College.

"It is important that Francis is not considered a statistic and that people know what his life meant to our family, his community, and his many social networks," said his sister Masu-kulla Massaquoi in a statement. "'Francis was my brother and I loved him dearly."

The Francis Kargbo Memorial Fund has been set up at Sovereign Bank. Donations can be made to account number: 39804125043.

** Excerpt from Dorchester News             Read September 15, 2011 Issue
UPDATE to Death Investigation: Boston Police Arrest Suspect Connected To Fatal Sumner Street Stabbing

Boston Police have arrested 24 year old Lester James of Dorchester in connection with today’s fatal stabbing of a 23 year old male on Sumner Street in Dorchester.

Early this morning around 12:13am, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of 92 Sumner Street. On arrival, officers located a 23 year old male suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Homicide detectives as well as officers and investigators from District C-11 conducted an investigation leading to the arrest of Lester James. This afternoon James was charged with murder and expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notifications.

** Excerpted from BPDNews.com           View original article


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