New England’s Unsolved: Quaaneiruh Goodwyn

BOSTON — At 24 years old, Quaaneiruh Goodwyn was already someone headed for greater things.

“She had so many dreams, so many things she wanted to accomplish. Every day was just a new adventure,” Kalvin Richards, Quaaneiruh’s partner told me.

A 2016 graduate of Newton South High School, Quaaneiruh became a mom in 2022.

She loved music, and friends, and had her sights set on a career in music.

But she always kept her family, her mother, close.

“She’s my best friend. We tell each other everything. She’s my girl,” said Deniquaa Ellison, Quaaneiruh’s mother.

But on the night of October 16th, 2022, everything changed for Quaaneiruh and her family, and it happened in a parking lot at the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Avenue

That night, Quaaneiruh and her friends were outside a convenience store on Geneva Ave in Dorchester filming a video.

Quaaneiruh stopped by to support her friends, she was not part of the team making the video.

Just before 9 o’clock, shots were fired Three people were hit.

Quaaneiruh didn’t make it.

Quaaneiruh’s murder devastated her family. There has been no arrest. Boston Police say they are looking for information about a red SUV with non-working taillights that were seen in the area that night.

But, why the shooting happened, why was Quaaneiruh killed? Those critical questions remain unanswered.

“What took place is that she was unjustly murdered. No information has been given. No one has said anything. There have been whispers,” Kalvin Richards said.

“For someone to come and spray bullets. It’s not just her. There are so many others,” Deniquaa Ellison said. “It shouldn’t be that way. To go to the grocery store. To go to the park, we shouldn’t have to worry about our safety.”

Quaaneiruh’s son Kingston was only five months old when his mother was killed. Kalvin Richards, Kingston’s dad, is now raising him. Kalvin is already thinking about what he might one day tell his son.

“Imagine me having to answer that when the time comes. What happened to my mom? Where is she?,” Kalvin Richards said.

For now, Quaaneiruh’s family is clinging to memories of a beautiful, talented young woman whose life was cut short.

They are desperate for answers that they know are out there.

“I would hate to have another person come here and repeat another similar story. It is horrible,” Kalvin Richard said.

“We should fight for her. She would fight, put herself on the line for others,” Deniquaa Ellison added.

Boston Police consider the Quaaneiruh Goodwyn case, open and active.

If you have any information about Quaaneiruh’s murder, contact Boston Police Crimestoppers at: 1.800.494.TIPS.

You do not have to leave your name when you call in your tip.

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