Woman charged with fatally shooting uncle, motive remains unclear

By Lindsey Stokes
Staff Writer

A 36-year-old woman who allegedly killed her uncle in Hyde Park and then fled was arrested hours later.

According to Boston police, Yvonne Lewis, a former civilian employee of the Boston Police Department, allegedly shot her 49-year-old uncle, Clive Francis, in the head Saturday afternoon. He died hours later at Brigham & Women’s Hospital from his injuries. Lewis allegedly fled the scene early Saturday afternoon and was later located in the hallway of a hotel in Peabody, Mass.

Though police have not yet determined an exact motive for the shooting, relatives of Lewis told police she was struggling with drug abuse.

Commissioner William Evans said it was a domestic incident. “An incident like this sadly underscores the tragic repercussions connected to domestic violence,” said Evans. “A family has been forever altered as the result of a split-second decision that will undoubtedly haunt the suspect in this case for the rest of her life.”

Francis’ family gathered Saturday night at their home in Mattapan to mourn his loss. Inez Francis called her son Clive a “good boy” while his father Herbert was stunned Clive’s niece was the alleged perpetrator. Family members say the two were close but the relationship had become strained as Lewis struggled with personal issues.

Lewis appeared in West Roxbury Municipal Court on Monday where a judge ordered she undergo a mental health evaluation before the case proceeds. She will return to court on Nov. 16.