David Martins was a 30-year-old Dorchester man who liked to make people laugh. But on August 12, 2010, David Martins was gunned down in cold blood. His unsolved murder has devastated his grieving family. “I failed to protect him. Why couldn’t I see something was wrong?” says David Martins’ sister, Theresa.
David Martins was shot to death sitting on the front steps of 531 Adams Street in Dorchester. It was a hot summer night, and Martins was with his friends. Boston Police Homicide Detective Sgt. Richard Daley says Martins was sitting to the right of the front door when just before 9:30pm, a gunman opened fire on David from a side alley. David Martins was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His sisters never got the chance to say goodbye, “This was a shock to me. This was an absolute shock to me,” Theresa Martins says. “Who would do this to a person like that? If you really, really knew him, he wouldn’t hurt anyone. He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” David’s sister Melanie Martins says.
A teenager sitting next to David was hit too, but he survived. In all the panic of the shooting, Boston Police still don’t have a clear description from all of the witnesses, a fact that doesn’t sit well with David’s family. “This is a place he went often, and surrounded by people he thought were his friends. And in the end, this happened to him and nobody says anything? It’s so frustrating,” Theresa Martins says. “There’s no way you didn’t see the person. It’s just no way. And it makes the whole story worse for the family,” Melanie Martins says.
Detective Sgt. Daley says this was likely a well-planned hit, not a case of mistaken identity. If David’s murder is ever going to be solved, Sgt. Daley says someone has to talk, “all of these cases are marbled with walls of resistance. I know there’s a lot of variables for people not coming forward.”
For Martins’ family, the wait for justice is making their pain unbearable, “we understand we can’t have David back, granted, fine. But at least give us justice. We have no peace, there is no peace in our hearts,” Melanie Martins says. “I just want to know that whoever did this to my brother is going to pay for it. He left a family destroyed. He left a little girl without a father, and he left a sister destroyed. He left his sisters completely destroyed. I don’t know if we’ll ever be the same,” Theresa Martins says.
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