Investigation Update: Suspect Arrested in Connection to Homicide Investigation in Roslindale


At about 1:18 PM on Thursday, July 29, 2021, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Corinth Street and Birch Street in Roslindale. On arrival, officers located Alicia Heywood, 42, of South Easton, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased.

Detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit conducted an investigation which resulted in the identification of Akil Jackson, 41, of Easton as the suspect wanted in connection to this incident and the subsequent warrant for his arrest issued out of West Roxbury District Court on a charge of Murder.

Earlier today, members of the West Bridgewater Police Department arrested the suspect in the area of West Center Street in West Bridgewater, MA. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

The Boston Police Department continues to review 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.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting