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Suspect in shooting deaths of Navy vet, student called 'coward' for hiding in court

By KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN | Boston Herald | Published: July 12, 2018

BOSTON (Tribune News Service) — The family and friends of two men gunned down in May called the double murder suspect a “coward” and challenged him to “show your face” during his arraignment Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Wilvin Guity-Beckels, 28 of Dorchester, was ordered held without bail. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the May 4 shooting on Centre Street that took the lives of 23-year-old Christopher Joyce and 58-year-old Clayborn Blair.

The victims’ relatives, who declined to comment, packed the courtroom, expressing anger and dismay that Guity-Beckels was allowed to hide behind a door during his court appearance.

Guity-Beckels allegedly opened fire on a group of people standing in an outdoor park at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments complex on May 4 shortly before 9:45 p.m.

According to prosecutors, Joyce and Blair, who were among approximately 15 people standing in the park, were fatally struck in the spray of gunfire.

Joyce, who would have graduated from Salem State University on May 19, was visiting family at the housing complex. Blair, a U.S. Navy veteran and father of three, worked as a custodian at a homeless shelter.

Guity-Beckels’ next court date is scheduled for Sept. 20.

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