Vigil held in Milton for murder victim Marquis Simmons, man charged in case

MILTON, Mass. — A 21-year-old Milton man has been arrested for the murder of Marquis Simmons, who was gunned down Saturday night in Milton, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey has announced.

Myles King, 21, was arrested at the Milton Police station on a murder warrant issued earlier Sunday out of Quincy District Court, Morrissey said.

“The Milton Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office worked through last night in gathering evidence and bringing us to this point,” Morrissey said in a statement. “I want to thank the Milton Police and Chief John King for their excellent partnership here. This arrest was made in less than 24 hours from the shooting.”

Simmons was killed around 6 p.m. Saturday while traveling via moped down Belvoir Road when he decided to dismount before he was shot a few yards from the vehicle. Simmons was then sent to Boston Medical Center for emergency surgery but later died.

A private vigil was held Sunday night where Simmons was killed on the sidewalk.

“I’m just in shock. I’m numb,” said Simmons’ mother, Staci Atkins, earlier in the afternoon. “They took my baby from me. He didn’t even get a chance to get married, he didn’t get a chance to give me grandkids, he was trying to get himself together so by the time he was 30 he could make moves. You know, he wanted to own property. He wanted to work for himself.”

Simmons’ girlfriend told Boston 25 News that the two had been together since they were 18 years old.

“They took everything from us,” said Auvonnie Dorsett. “Marquis was a great person, he was phenomenal. He was caring, he was loving, he was loyal; you call Marquis and he’s coming no matter what he has going on.”

It was unclear on Sunday what led to the murder.

James Mullen of Milton told Boston 25 News he knew Myles King -- the man now charged with Simmons’ murder -- from growing up together.

“He raps and stuff; he’s got like Youtube videos and he is pretty good at what he does,” said Mullen. “I had seen that I think he might have turned himself in, so, usually guilty people don’t do that.”

Mullen said that he felt sorry for both families involved.

“I don’t want to see anyone dead or in jail or anything like that. It’s like two losses because everyone has a family and stuff, and no one wants to go through that,” he said.

Simmons’ godmother told Boston 25 News that Simmons also enjoyed rapping, and that it’s possible the two men knew each other from their shared interest in music.

She added, however, that family members still did now know why the shooting occurred.

Myles King is expected to be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday.

MSP and Milton Police detectives worked through the night, processing the scene and gathering evidence.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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