Two teenagers were charged in connection to the shooting of a Massachusetts man who died a month after he was hit, officials said.
Now, the victim’s mother is calling on the Dracut, Massachusetts, school system to remove a message of support for one of the alleged gunmen printed in the high school yearbook.
Christian Lemay, 19, of Dracut, and Braedyn Baraby, 16, of Lowell, were charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Adrian Kimborowicz, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges were announced last week, more than six months after the victim died.
Lowell Police responded to a report of gunshots at a Sutherland Street home on Sept. 26, 2020, and found Kimborowicz suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Kimborowicz, 20, fought for over a month until he died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Oct. 28, 2020.
Initial reports suggested a Dracut classmate allegedly shot Kimborowicz while gunning for someone else, according to the Lowell Sun, but investigators said the three met up to settle a disagreement by fighting.
Instead, authorities said the defendants allegedly got out of a car and shot Kimborowicz.
"The driver of that vehicle stepped from the car and without saying anything immediately opened fire," prosecutor Clarence Brown told WCVB TV.
Lemay's defense attorney said evidence, including an eye witness and doorbell camera video, does not show Lemay firing.
Lemay had previously pleaded not guilty to charges including armed assault with intent to murder in the case when he was arrested on Oct. 13, 2020. He was released on $7,500 bail in April 2021. Authorities said new information developed in the case led to upgraded charges against Lemay and Baraby last week.
Initially, the fear was that Kimborowicz, a talented small forward for Dracut High School’s basketball team and a member of the football and baseball teams, might be left paralyzed from the waist down from his injury.
Kimborowicz’s family was outraged earlier this month when “Free Mello,” a message of support for Lemay (who went by a nickname ‘C-Mello’), was published in the Dracut High School yearbook.
“Really Dracut High?? You allow your students to put Free Mello in your yearbook??!!! He murdered my son!!!! Here are the asshats who did it!!! Classless!!! You should be ashamed!!” Kimborowicz’s mother, Heidi said on Twitter.