2016 BPPA Pictures of the Year

02 – General News

1st: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe

A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.

2nd: Craig F. Walker – The Boston Globe

Robert Lawler says a prayer over the casket of Jeanne Kirby in the "City Poor Lot" at Fairview Cemetery in Boston, MA. Lawler said Jeanne Kirby was homeless and she died on the streets in Boston on October 20, 2015. She was 39 years old. Her body remained at the medical examiners until Lawler buried her on March 25, 2016. The state medical examiner’s office, concerned that it could run out of room to store corpses, has nearly doubled the amount of money it offers funeral homes to bury unclaimed bodies. The office must hold unclaimed bodies until a funeral home can be found that is willing to bury them, but that process has been increasingly delayed, the medical examiner’s office said. The $1,100 fee that the state used to offer to funeral homes to perform the burials was insufficient. Just three funeral homes had handled such burials recently, and most were done by Lawler, the office said.
Robert Lawler says a prayer over the casket of Jeanne Kirby in the “City Poor Lot” at Fairview Cemetery in Boston, MA. Lawler said Jeanne Kirby was homeless and she died on the streets in Boston on October 20, 2015. She was 39 years old. Her body remained at the medical examiners until Lawler buried her on March 25, 2016.
The state medical examiner’s office, concerned that it could run out of room to store corpses, has nearly doubled the amount of money it offers funeral homes to bury unclaimed bodies.
The office must hold unclaimed bodies until a funeral home can be found that is willing to bury them, but that process has been increasingly delayed, the medical examiner’s office said.
The $1,100 fee that the state used to offer to funeral homes to perform the burials was insufficient. Just three funeral homes had handled such burials recently, and most were done by Lawler, the office said.

3rd: Nancy Lane – The Boston Herald

Sophia Bernadeau,a junior at Boston Day and Evening Academy, uses a megaphone as she chants with other students from Boston schools as they protest proposed budget cuts by staging a walkout and marching on the State House
Sophia Bernadeau,a junior at Boston Day and Evening Academy, uses a megaphone as she chants with other students from Boston schools as they protest proposed budget cuts by staging a walkout and marching on the State House

Honorable Mention 1: Pat Greenhouse – The Boston Globe

After his arraignment in Charlestown Municipal Court, defense attorney M. Barusch, center, talks to Lenny Quintero-Flores in the prisoner lockup, in Boston, MA, on June 22, 2016. Charged with manslaughter, he admitted to pushing his friend Mitchell Harrison into the Charles River the day before, but said it was just a joke, and was devastated to learn of his best friend's death. Police said the two were heavily intoxicated and a nearly empty bottle of vodka was later recovered from the scene.
After his arraignment in Charlestown Municipal Court, defense attorney M. Barusch, center, talks to Lenny Quintero-Flores in the prisoner lockup, in Boston, MA, on June 22, 2016. Charged with manslaughter, he admitted to pushing his friend Mitchell Harrison into the Charles River the day before, but said it was just a joke, and was devastated to learn of his best friend’s death. Police said the two were heavily intoxicated and a nearly empty bottle of vodka was later recovered from the scene.

Honorable Mention 2: Pat Greenhouse – The Boston Globe

Germaine Vincent is helped back to her seat after her victim impact statement was read, in a Suffolk Superior courtroom, in Boston, MA, by her sister, Andrea Volcy, second from right. She is flanked by former victim's advocate Majorie Tynes, left, and her husband, Julce Vincent, on January 27, 2016. Her son's girlfriend, Vayola Vilma, covers her face, right. Shabazz Augustine changes his plea to guilty in the 2004 killing of Vincent's 26-year-old daughter Julaine Jules, his former girlfriend. He admitted to asphyxiating her, wrapping her body in plastic, weighing it down with free weights and throwing her into the Charles River in Cambridge.
Germaine Vincent is helped back to her seat after her victim impact statement was read, in a Suffolk Superior courtroom, in Boston, MA, by her sister, Andrea Volcy, second from right. She is flanked by former victim’s advocate Majorie Tynes, left, and her husband, Julce Vincent, on January 27, 2016. Her son’s girlfriend, Vayola Vilma, covers her face, right. Shabazz Augustine changes his plea to guilty in the 2004 killing of Vincent’s 26-year-old daughter Julaine Jules, his former girlfriend. He admitted to asphyxiating her, wrapping her body in plastic, weighing it down with free weights and throwing her into the Charles River in Cambridge.