Nobody should have doubted that Akiel Eubank was a dangerous man, even before the night he is alleged to have murdered an 11-year-old boy. Eubank was so proud of his gang that he carved its name into his hair. He had already been arrested for stabbing and beating a man at the now-defunct Mario Bros bar on Weston Rd. He assaulted a police officer in 2006.
Eubank is now on trial for the murder of Efraim Brown, 11. A gun battle erupted at a birthday party Brown had been attending, and the boy was caught in the crossfire. Another young man, Gregory Sappleton, has also been charged with his murder. He is also on trial.
Akiel Eubank was a member of the “Five Point Generals”, a gang active in the Weston and Lawrence area. The Five Point Generals had been engaged in a turf war for several years with other local gangs, though it may have been disbanded by police in May. Sappleton was a member of another gang, the Baghdad Crew, and had previously been charged with shooting a 4-year-old boy in a similar case—though those charges were eventually dropped.