- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Two boys, ages 14 and 16, were charged Saturday with killing another 16-year-old who was gunned down while riding his bicycle, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced.

The victim, Jonathan Dos Santos, was fatally shot Wednesday night in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Evans said the suspects were arrested on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. They were not identified because of their age and Evans said the Suffolk district attorney will now determine if they will be tried as adults.

“When there’s 14- and 16-year-olds running around with guns, then we have a problem,” said the commissioner, who was joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at an the announcement.

Police put out an appeal to the community for help with the investigation after the shooting, and Evans credited an “overwhelming” response from the public with helping lead to the arrests.

Walsh said the neighborhood was clearly outraged by the boy’s killing. Dos Santos, a ninth-grader, had recently confided to a basketball coach that other teens were pressuring him to join a gang, The Boston Globe reported.

Evans said it was believed the victim and the suspects knew each other but the motive for the shooting remained under investigation.

The suspects’ mothers were cooperative as the probe advanced, Evans said. The commissioner and mayor both said it was a tragedy for all three of the families involved.

“I don’t think kids, these young kids, understand the value of life, in that you only get one shot at life,” Evans said.

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