Soon, also walking down the concourse of remorse, according to court records, will be 18-year-old Matthew Goldstein, [Ruiz]'s onetime roommate and a fellow classmate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Goldstein has to write a letter of apology to the neighborhood, as does Ruiz, in addition to Ruiz's oral mea culpa.
As part of the two neighborhood vandalism cases disposed of last month in Roxbury District Court, Goldstein was also told to perform 80 hours of community service, which will include removing his graffiti tag - "shoe" - from the streetscape. Ruiz, too, has to eradicate his handle - "prime" - or pay restitution.
[Michel Soltani] said he was happy to help end the pair's destructive jag in a neighborhood where they'd crashed as out-of-town students - Ruiz from France, Goldstein from Connecticut.