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Gun buyback set after Mattapan boy's shooting death

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Mayor Walsh says Boston's police department and the city will initiate a gun buyback after a 14-year-old boy was accused of accidentally shooting and killing his 9-year-old brother in Mattapan.

Walsh said city officials and police need help from the community to find out where guns are.

The city has been considering a gun buyback for several weeks following nine homicides in January. Police say many were gang-related. While the number of homicides are down this year, the number of fatalities has gone up.

"We have been talking about doing some type of buyback program or other strategies for getting guns off the street. Unfortunately, the incident happened last week and it's terrible," said Mayor Walsh.

Clergy met with Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross at the end of January to discuss ways to end the violence. A gun buyback emerged as a possibility.

"There's not an easy solution here... we need to educate folks," said Walsh.

Three guns were taken off the streets in Boston in the hours following the boy's death.

Many of the illegal guns in Boston are coming from out of state, which is why it's a bigger problem tracking them down.

Walsh says the buyback will now go forward.
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