Vigil Held for Gas Station Clerk Killed in Attempted Robbery in Dorchester

A vigil was held Sunday night for the man who was killed in a shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood Saturday night.

According to the victim's sisters, the man who was killed was Jose Luis Phinn Williams, 67, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. They say he would have been 68 on Monday.

"My brother was a hard worker," Rose Phinn-Westby said while holding a picture of her brother. "He'd been here since 1970 and he has seven children."

This was the second time he was attacked at the gas station, the sisters said. In 2016, he suffered a concussion after being mugged on Halloween. He was out of work for six months.

According to police, officers on patrol near the Fabian Gas Station at 528 Washington Street in Dorchester responded to the sound of shots fired at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived to the scene, they found a man in his 60s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, police said.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries where he was later pronounced dead.

"You know you get some people on the news station to say how good the person one can outclass him as far as goodness is concerned," Lewis Edward Polk said.

For 10 years, he worked on Washington Street.

"He was a good guy, man. He'd give you the last dollar in his pocket," former co-worker Eddie Elliot said.

"If I didn't have the money for gas, he would say, 'pay me next week,'" one woman said.

"A man who's trying to earn a little money everyday. For what?" said Keith George.

Police say Williams was shot and killed by a 21-year-old in what appears to be an attempted robbery. Authorities have arrested Kevin Williams, 21, of Dorchester. Williams is charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted robbery.

He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

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