He was the kind of at-risk student that Shaun Harrison, 58, was supposed to be helping. But instead, Harrison got the teen involved in a drug operation — and tried to kill him when they got in a disagreement, prosecutors allege.
Harrison’s trial on charges of armed assault and illegal gun possession began Thursday in Boston, the Boston Globe reported. The former English High School dean of students and reverend is accused of shooting 17-year-old Luis Rodriguez “execution-style” one night in March 2015 in a dispute over marijuana sales, the newspaper reported.
Promising “girls and weed,” Harrison lured the teen to a dark area, authorities said, MassLive reported. Then Harrison allegedly shot him in the head and left Rodriguez “to die in the street,” said Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Bradley, the Globe reported.
The shooting was captured by surveillance video at a nearby business, police said at the time, Boston.com reported.
A car that was passing by stopped for Rodriguez, who cried out for help, according to testimony Thursday, the Boston Globe reported. “I don’t want to die. Please help me. I don’t want to die,” Rodriguez reportedly told the person who came to his aid. Rodriguez survived.
Harrison vehemently denied accusations that he used his position to recruit students as drug dealers after holding his position at the school for just a month, WHDH reported in 2016.
"I never lived a double life. I never, never, sold drugs. I never, never sold drugs, I never, sold guns, never turned kids into gang members," he said. "Me? I would not even know how to do that."
Harrison had a reputation as an advocate for Boston youth and was known as someone who kept kids from violence, not someone who inflicted it, MassLive.com reported.
"I am not a gang member. I’m the Rev,” he told WHDH.
Harrison was fired days after the shooting, a Boston Public Schools spokeswoman told Boston.com.
Defense attorney Bruce Carroll said the evidence against his client won’t hold up, the Globe reported.