The New Year opened on a tragic note in the city of Boston with the first homicide and also a man apparently jumping to his death into the Charles River from the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge.
Police responded to the area of 48 Pratt Street in the Allston neighborhood about 2:45am where they found a male suffering from multiple stab wounds lying on the street. The victim was receiving first aid from bystanders when first responders arrived.
The unidentified man was transported to the Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police interviewed several witnesses and as a result of information obtained, arrested Brian MacDonald, 24, of Boston, charging him with murder. He is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Wednesday.
Police continue to investigate and search for a man who allegedly jumped off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge after hailing a cab with a friend about 3:30am in what is being described as a bizarre incident.
Boston Fire Department divers, along with divers from the Cambridge Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police searched the river for about 8 hours before suspending the search today.
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald stated that the man jumped 30 feet from the bridge into about 7 feet of water while his friend got in the cab watching the scene unfold. There is no indication that the man was in any kind of distress or what caused him to jump although the circumstances remain under investigation.
Boats from the United States Coast Guard and the Cambridge Fire Department searched the water while a Tower Ladder truck from the Boston Fire Department used a powerful searchlight to scour the area.
The search has yet to be successful in locating the victim.