Murdered Officer Leaves Behind Legacy of Immeasurable Kindness

Update: those wishing to donate to the children can do so on the GoFundMe linked here.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 29, 2022, the Boston Police Department lost one of their own in an unnecessary act of violence.

John O’Keefe was sworn in to the Boston Police Department in 2005, after graduating from the Boston Police Academy. He had steadfastly held assignments in District C11, District E18, and the Sex Offender Registry (SORI).

John and his late sister Kristen

In his personal life, John had quietly taken on a selfless responsibility, dutifully raising his beloved niece and nephew on his own. After losing his sister in late 2013, and her husband just two months after, John stepped up without hesitation to give the children the best life possible. He did just that, for nearly ten years, before his girlfriend Karen Read of Mansfield took him away from them.

“I think that is the part that hurts the most — knowing two children that had already experienced such loss, just senselessly lost the most important person in their lives.” said a family friend we spoke with.

John with Kristen’s children after a hike

By all accounts, including our own personal experiences, John was an incredible man. He worked tirelessly to protect Boston citizens, he was a proud member of the Boston Police Emerald Society, and was known far-and-wide as the friend you could always count on.

John O’Keefe deserves to be remembered for more than his unconscionable murder.

His girlfriend Karen A. Read, 41, who retained infamous attorney David Yannetti, was booked on Tuesday evening by Troopers from the H7 Milton Barracks after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision causing death, and motor vehicle homicide. Arraignment will take place in about an hour at Stoughton Court.

Our thoughts, prayers, and hearts are with the children, John’s family, and his brothers and sisters in blue.