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At about 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for a person down at an indoor crime scene in the area of 1990 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located an adult female victim suffering from apparent traumatic injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators from the Boston Police Homicide Unit have since arrested and charged Alan Washington, 71, of Roxbury with Murder. He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting