Victim identified in fatal Mattapan attack, warrant issued for suspect


Terkeshia Boykins, 40, died after being stabbed multiple times.

Boston police have identified a woman who was fatally stabbed in the Rosewood Street neighborhood of Mattapan on Tuesday night as investigators work to find her killer.

On Friday, police named the victim Terkeshia Boykins, 40. She was a mother of seven children, according to WCVB. Police say her alleged killer, 39-year-old Christopher Howard, remains at large.

Howard’s last known address is in Boston. Investigators say the public should view Howard as dangerous and anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately.

Police arrived at the scene around 9:40 p.m. to find Boykins suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officials said she died at the scene. Neighbors told WCVB that Boykins is the mother of seven girls, ranging in age from tweens to her late twenties.

A neighbor told the outlet: “(A girl) was screaming very loudly, ‘Why did you do that?’ A terrible tragedy, you know, really traumatic. Just praying for the family.

Anyone with information should call Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. People can submit anonymous information by calling the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

Police said they will “strictly guard and protect the identities of anyone who wishes to participate in this investigation anonymously.”

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