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At about 11:26 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2021, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person shot inside the hotel at 1 Avenue De Lafayette in Boston. Upon arrival, officers located a female victim, Nalijah Andrade, 17, of New Bedford, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Boston EMS arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased. 

The Boston Police Department Homicide Unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney Office presented this case to a Suffolk County Grand Jury. On September 10, 2021, that jury returned a true bill, indicting Messiah Leggett, 21, of Hyde Park, for Involuntary Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm.

The Boston Police Department continues to review 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.