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Jury indicts five for murders of two men near MIT

@ByName:By Eun S. Shin

Jesse McKie, 21, of Cambridge and Rigoberto Carrion, 31, of Chelsea were attacked by five men on Windsor Street opposite the Newtowne Court housing project near Central Square.

The victims were walking together at approximately 12:30 am when they were allegedly accosted by Ronald Settle, Sean Lee and Ventry Gordon of Mattapan, and Ricardo Parks and Lazell Cook of Brookline, in what appeared to be a robbery attempt. McKie, twice stabbed in the chest and once in the head, died shortly after the attack.

Carrion survived nearly a week under intensive care at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston before dying from a stab wound to his heart on Jan. 31. He is survived by his mother, Elva Carrion, and two sons, Roberto and Stephen, both five.

While his teenaged companions were charged with second degree murder, Settle, 25, was indicted Thursday on two counts of accessory after the fact of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of accessory after the fact of robbery.

Rich Seviere, a Cambridge Police crime analyst, denied the possibility that the attack was drug or gang related. "Although the incident involved a number of teenagers, no evidence of a gang affiliation was found," said Seviere. A "gang-related incident," however, is difficult to define, he said.

According to information in the 1988 Uniform Crime Report for Cambridge Police, there were 7 murders, 402 robberies, 371 assaults, 1337 burglaries and 30 rapes in the Cambridge area. Sixty to 70 percent of the incidents occurred within a one-mile radius of Central Square. 1989 figures are expected to be similar to the 1988 statistics.

Although the number of criminal incidents is declining, the level of violence is up, according to Seviere. More weapon-related incidents were reported last year, and the number of murder cases rose from two to seven between 1987 and 1988. The 1989 figure is expected to be similar to that of 1988.

Ambiguous effects on MIT

Males and females of the 21-30 age group are the mostly likely targets of robbery and other street crimes which constitute 75 percent of all crimes in Cambridge, according to Seviere. Most of the crimes, however, take place outside MIT.

"The majority of our crimes is larceny, which sometimes occurs when the students leave their doors open," confirmed Lieutenant John E. Driscoll of the MIT Campus Police. There were 23 of what were considered "serious crimes" on campus in 1988, and "the overall upcoming numbers are approximately similar," Driscoll said. The annual report of the MIT Campus Police for 1989 will be released in April.

Asked about the effects of violence in Central Square on the MIT community, Deputy Chief James F. Mahoney replied that "the overall number of calls and requested services has remained the same." More students from the Central Square area are requesting the night escort service provided by Campus Police, however.

"The main problem with the service is that students may have to wait for some time," said Mahoney. There are only two cars designated for the escort service, one for east campus and the other for west, with Massachusetts Avenue serving as the dividing line.

A memorial service was held for Carrion on Feb. 3. Mayor Alice K. Wolf, Police Chief Anthony Paoillo and other city representatives attended the service. Services were held for McKie on Jan. 29 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge. A trust fund has been established for McKie's unborn child, according to the Cambridge Chronicle.