Victim in Christmas Eve Attack Near Mass/Cass Has Died: Medford Man Murdered Outside Southampton Shelter

Bruce Rose, who was violently attacked inside his home near Mass/Cass on Christmas Eve, has died this week of the injuries he suffered in the attack.  In the wake of Mr. Rose’s death, Suffolk prosecutors expect to arraign Wyse Richardson, 23, on new, upgraded charges. 

Richardson was previously arraigned on December 28, 2020, in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court on charges of aggravated assault and battery on a person over 60 and aggravated burglary in connection with the attack.  At that time, Judge Debra Delvecchio ordered him to undergo an evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. 

The pending case against Richardson is expected to return to court on Friday, January 15.  Prosecutors expect that Richardson will be arraigned on new charges during that court appearance.

“My office is here to provide Mr. Rose’s loved ones with the support they need as the case against the man accused of killing Mr. Rose moves forward.  The Victim Witness Advocates assigned to my Homicide Unit are available to connect family members and others impacted by Mr. Rose’s death with the services and resources they may need to cope with their grief and begin the long process of healing,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. “Mr. Richardson is accused of a violent attack that robbed Mr. Rose of his life.  He will be held accountable for the harm he is alleged to have inflicted.”

Richardson is accused of breaking into a Pompeii Street apartment building and violently beating a 66-year-old resident and ransacking the man’s apartment at approximately 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The victim suffered a serious head injury and was transported to an area hospital, where he died this week. 

Police Search for Killer of Medford Man

Boston Police are asking the public for help in a murder that took place on Jan. 4 outside the Southampton Shelter in Newmarket.

At about 7:31 p.m. on Jan. 4, officers responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 115 Southampton St. near Mass/Cass. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Richard Ghiozzi, 33, of Medford.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Ghiozzi was the second person murdered in that location within the past six months, with Damian Hughes, of Westborough, also begin stabbed to death last summer at or very near the same location.

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