Murder Victims Identified; 3 Arrested by Murder Scene, 2 on Gun Charges

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The two men shot to death on Friday night in Jackson Square have been identified by Boston Police.

The two victims were shot dead near 277 Centre St. by the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments around 9:41 pm on Friday night.

The two victims have been identified as Christopher Joyce, 23, and Clayborn Blair, 58. Both men were from Boston, and neither lived at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, but had ties to the Boston Housing Authority run apartment complex, according to the Boston Globe.

Joyce was set to graduate from Salem State University on May 19th, according to He was going to be the first member of his family to graduate from college, and would do so with an accounting degree.

On Saturday, Boston Police officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested three individuals on multiple charges, according to Police arrested Aryana Wilson, 18, of Dorchester, without incident after recovering a loaded .45 caliber Springfield Armory XD-S handgun during an investigation in the area of 277 Centre St. Wilson will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

During that investigation a second suspect, a 17-year-old male from Brockton, allegedly ran from police and went through the Hailey Apartments. Additional responding police units from the BPD and Boston Housing Authority Police were able to apprehend the suspect. He will appear in Roxbury Juvenile Court and charged with delinquent to wit: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and resisting arrest, according to

Boston Police also arrested Anthony Upchurch, 34, of Brockton, who allegedly physically assaulted two officers and actively interfered with police as they attempted to place the 17-year-old in custody. Upchurch will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court and charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Boston Police are actively investigating the murders and and are asking anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Homicide Detectives Unit at 617-343-4470. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).