LAWRENCE — One teen is dead and another charged with murder because a few girls weren’t allowed into a party early Sunday morning, police said.
Police last night arrested Ismael Calixto, 18, at his 32 Willow St. home and charged him with the shooting death of Richard Bonilla, 18, of Lowell. Calixto was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and discharging a firearm within city limits, police Chief John Romero said.
Bonilla was gunned down in front of 400 Broadway at 1 a.m., about a block away from a party he had attended, police said. The shooting occurred after an argument occurred at the party at 11 Broadway Ave., when several women were denied access to the gathering, police said. Romero did say gang involvement “has not been ruled out.”
Bonilla was shot just outside the D’Todo Party Center at 400 Broadway. Yesterday, flowers and candles were piling up at the site of the city’s second murder this year. Glass-encased candles, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka, red roses and a red bandana made up the makeshift memorial.
The reminders of Bonilla were left next to a red and white trash barrel painted with District D City Councilor Oneida Aquino’s name. The trash can is chained to a utility pole. Aquino owns D’Todo Party center. Police do not believe she or her business is connected in any way to Bonilla’s murder, Romero said yesterday.
Bonilla attended the party with his cousin Benito Rivera and other friends, police said. City records list the address as part of a warehouse-style building owned by Pacific VII Realty Trust of Falmouth. The building is valued at $960,100 according to city assessing records.
Rivera told police he and Bonilla were at the party when three females showed up and were refused access, sparking an argument. The argument escalated into a fist fight and eventually shots were fired. According to a police report, Rivera said he ducked behind a police car and could only tell the shooter was wearing black.
The city’s first murder occurred two months ago. Martin Angelone Butt, 27, also of Lowell, was shot in the head and chest near 121 Union St. Two people, Jose “Junior” Rivera, 32, of Lawrence, and Albert “Gordo” Vasquez, 18, of Methuen, have been charged with killing Butt as retribution for a previous heroin robbery.
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