Unsolved Homicides

Unsolved Homicides
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The District Attorney’s Office has dedicated resources in his office for the review of homicides that remain unsolved in Hampden County.
In an effort to bring renewed attention to these cases and to keep the investigations moving forward, information is being provided to the general public through this web page. The District Attorney is committed to making every effort to bring resolution to these cases and closure to the families of the homicide victims. This page will be updated periodically with additional unsolved cases.

If you have information regarding any of these unsolved homicide cases please contact:

 

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Cases

Christine Hurlburt

On October 6, 1968, Christine Hurlburt was reported missing after not returning home from a dance at the Mountain Park Ballroom the night before. Her body was found in the Mountain Park area on October 12, 1968.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Croteau, Daniel

April 15, 1972, thirteen-year-old Daniel Croteau’s body was discovered in the Chicopee River in the area under Governor Robinson Bridge in Chicopee.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Vittorio Boaselli

On December 12, 1987, 50 year old Vittorio Boaselli was found shot to death in Granville, MA.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Price, Shana Renee

On December 26, 1990, 17 year old Shana Renee Price was found beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted in Blunt Park in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Lisa DaSilva

On April 21, 1991, 21 year old Lisa DaSilva was found in her bed strangled on Tracy Street in Springfield, MA after a concerned relative hadn’t heard from her and contacted police.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Lisa Ziegert

On April 15, 1992, 24 year old Lisa Ziegert was kidnapped from her job at an Agawam gift shop on Walnut Street Extension. Four days later, on Easter Sunday, a passerby found her body in a stretch of woods off Suffield Street.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505- 5993 with information.

John Doe (Southwick, MA)

On May 16, 1992, a human skull and human bones were discovered in a wooded area on the west side of North Longyard Road in Southwick, MA. The profile of these remains indicates that the victim was a Caucasian male between 30 and 50 years of age, who sustained trauma to the face.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Corrine Lee

On May 25, 1992, 32 year old Corrine Lee was found strangled in a dumpster in the rear of 63 Central Street in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Arnold J. Lopez

On June 3, 1992, Arnold J. Lopez, a 38 year old airline employee, was found dead in his hotel room at the Sheraton on Monarch Place in Springfield.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Holly Piirainen

In 1993, 10-year-old Holly Piirainen disappeared after taking a walk to see collie puppies near her grandmother’s Sturbridge summer home. Two and a half months later, On October 23, 1993, her remains were found in Brimfield by a hunter in the woods.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Lawrence Samuels

March 6, 1993, Officers were dispatched to 186 Westford Ave in Springfield for shots fired. Upon arrival they found Lawrence Samuels on the landing between the first and second floor with gunshot wounds to his chest. He later died from injuries at Baystate Medical Center.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Tammy Marie Lynds

On July 22, 1994, 15 year old Tammy Marie Lynds was reported missing by her parents.  Her body was found on November 4, 1994 on Fox Road in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Kaseem Coleman

On January 13, 1995, 20 year old Kaseem Coleman was shot on Bay Street in Springfield, MA. Coleman was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Celestina Perez

Celestina Perez, 24, was found strangled and beaten June 2, 1995, in Gurdon Bill Park in Springfield, MA.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Boucher, Robert

On September 25, 1995, 28 year-old Robert Boucher was found in front of 55 Dresden St. in Springfield with gunshot wounds.  He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Jane Doe (Tolland, MA) (Marcia & Elizabeth Honsch)

UPDATE – 2014 ARREST MADE

On October 6, 1995, Massachusetts State Police began conducting an investigation into the homicide of an unidentified female found outside the entrance of the Tolland State Forest in Tolland, MA. The victim had been shot. The victim was determined to be 30-45 years of age, 5’2” to 5’5” tall. She weighed approximately 120-130 lbs.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Victor Mighty

On December 13, 1995, 21 year old Victor Mighty was found shot to death on the 2nd floor hallway of 65 Montrose St in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Arthur W. Waters

On November 14, 1996, the dead body of 65 year old Arthur W. ("Willie") Waters was discovered inside his room at the Roadway Inn on Boston Road in Springfield.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Billy Jo Owens

On January 28, 1998, 31 year-old Billy Jo Owens was found dead on the bank of the Connecticut River behind Khrone Electronics on West Columbus Ave. in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Torres, Omar

Omar Torres, 18, was found unconscious and bleeding in the Ferguson Place area in Holyoke on May 1, 1998.  He later died from his injuries.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Turniak, Ashley

16 year-old Ashley Turniak was found dead on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow near the Massachusetts/Connecticut line on November 9, 1998.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Morales, Mary

On March 4, 1999, Springfield resident Mary Morales, 36, was found dead on the side of Route 91 in Vernon, Vermont.  
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Karen Soucie

On November 3, 2000, 38 year old Karen Soucie was found dead in her Berkshire Avenue, Springfield, apartment.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Guzman, William

On December 15, 2000, 34 year-old William Guzman was found shot to death near the intersection of Center and Mosher Streets in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Nelson Romero

On January 11, 2001, 20 year old Nelson Romero was shot and killed in an apartment at 133 Sargent Street in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

William Garrison

On April 11, 2001, 20 year old William Garrison was found dead in a wooded area off of Wilbraham Road in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Nieves, Awilda

Awilda Nieves, 29, was found dead on June 19, 2001 behind the Super 8 Motel near Anniversary Road in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Luis Garcia “Tun-Tun”

On April 13, 2002 sixteen year old Luis Garcia was shot and killed near the corner of High and Hampshire Streets in Holyoke, MA.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Edward Brown

On July 14, 2002, Edward Brown, 44, was found murdered in the area of 363 Burnett Road in Chicopee.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Louis White

Louis L. White was shot in the neck on Oct. 6, 2002, while walking along a sidewalk on Andrew Street in Springfield, MA. He had been on life support since the day of the shooting and, in 2011, died as a result of his injuries.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Luis Jiminez

On October 20, 2002, 19 year old Luis Jiminez was found dead in in a motor vehicle on Adams Street in Springfield, MA from a gunshot wound to his head. It was reported that two men ran from the scene and into a parked Chevy Cavalier.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

George Hargrove

On December 12, 2002, 34 year old George Hargrove was shot outside of 39 Kenyon St in Springfield, MA. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he died.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Cleveland McCabe III

On March 15, 2003, 23 year old Cleveland McCabe was found in the rear of 425 Dickinson St in Springfield, MA with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Angelica Martinez

On April 20, 2003, 23 year old Angelica Martinez was found dead behind Club X-Static at 240 Chestnut St, in Springfield MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Richard Rivera

On November 8, 2003, 38 year old Richard Rivera was found on the sidewalk in the area of School and High Streets in Springfield, MA with a stab wound to his chest.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Shepard, Darnell

On May 22, 2004, Darnell Shepard, 19, was shot and killed at the Cornerstone Bar on Page Boulevard in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Caridad Puente

On June 9, 2004, 38 year old Caridad Puente was found dead inside of her apartment at 443 Taylor St in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Smith, James

On June 18, 2004, 21 year-old James Smith of Springfield was shot three times in his head  near Jim Dandy’s Restaurant on State Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Gonthier, Timothy

On September 21, 2004, 27 year-old Timothy Gonthier was found shot and killed in the area of Sargeant and Chestnut Street in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Jammion Freeman “JD”

On May 12, 2005, 25 year old Jammion Freeman was killed on Main Street in the North End of Springfield. Freeman died of head trauma.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Emmanuel H. Weeks, Jr.

On August 13, 2005, 18 year old Emmanuel Weeks was shot and killed in the area of Eastern Avenue and Beacon Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Luis Rodriguez

On January 29, 2006, 45 year old Luis Rodriguez was found by police who were dispatched to 12 Hamilton Street in Holyoke for an altercation. He died of a gunshot wound.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Aaron Jordan

On March 26, 2006, 23 year old Aaron Jordan was found shot to death on the corner of Reed and State Streets in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Tyrell Narcisse

On June 12, 2006, 21 old Tyrell Narcisse was shot in a car on Page Blvd. in Springfield, MA. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he later died.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Sanchez, Jose

On December 25, 2006, 19 year-old Jose Sanchez was shot and killed at an apartment located at 560 So. Summer St. in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Francine Jiles

On January 9, 2007, the body of 48 year old Francine Jiles was discovered in her second floor apartment at 10 Federal Court apartment in Springfield, MA. 
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Sergio Jaquez

20 year old Sergio Jaquez was found shot to death on March 1, 2007 in East Hartford, CT. He was last seen on Monday, February 26, 2007 in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Cassandra Oliver

On September 5, 2007, three masked men broke into 21 Allison Lane in Springfield. During an altercation Cassandra Oliver was shot. She was transferred to Baystate Medical Center where she later died from the gunshot wound.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Eric Newkirk

On September 23, 2007, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Eric R. Newkirk, 44, was shot and killed in front of his home located at 88 Monmouth Street, Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Angelo Daniels

On February 1, 2008, 45 year old Angelo Daniels was fatally shot on Leyfred Terrace in Springfield, MA. A male was reported running from the scene.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Humberto Brindis

On June 1, 2008, 45 year old Humberto Brindis was found stabbed to death inside of 554 South St in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Santino Kuang

On September 24, 2008, Santino Kuang was found stabbed to death in the woods in the area of 77 Armory Street in Springfield. Mr. Kuang was discovered by passersby who flagged for the help of a nearby ambulance. Springfield Police were then called to the scene.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Williams, Maurice

On December 9, 2008, Maurice Williams, 28, was shot as he stood by his car at
Harvard and Yale Streets in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Julian Cartie

On February 22, 2009, 25 year old Julian Cartie was fatally shot on the street in front of the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA after an altercation with a man, believed to be in a blue Hyundai or Honda sedan. The gunman is described as a Hispanic male around age 20, clean-shaven with a slight build.


Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Jose Torres

On April 4, 2009, at approximately 2:45 a.m. Jose Torres was found shot to death near his home at 4 Darwell St, Springfield, MA. It was reported that Torres was arguing with an individual at a party, who then followed him outside and shot him several times.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Ortiz, Ruben

The body of Ruben Ortiz, 31, was found floating in the Front Street Canal in Springfield on April 13, 2009.  He had been shot several times.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Borders, Noah

On July 5, 2009, 23 year -old Noah Borders was shot just after 2:00 a.m. as he was standing in the parking lot outside of the Royal Seasons Restaurant and Bar at 339 Boston Road in Springfield. 
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Hasson Duncan

On July 21, 2009, 25 year old Hasson Duncan was shot to death on Quincy Street in Springfield, MA. Duncan was getting into a car when two men approached the car and opened fire.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Carmelo Adorno, Jr.

On October 17, 2009, 24 year old Carmelo Adorno was shot and killed in the front seat of his car between Chapin Terrace and Mayfair Street in Springfield. He later died from multiple gunshot wounds at Baystate Medical Center.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Justin Gordon

On February 6, 2010, 18 year old Justin Gordon was shot and killed outside of 55 James Street in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Lashawn Weldon

On February 19, 2010, Lashawn Weldon was found dead in her apartment at 159 Tyler Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Rafael Montanez

Rafael Montanez, 16, of Alderman Street, Springfield, MA was killed on May 1, 2010 at approximately 10 P.M. near 57 Allendale, Springfield. Detectives believe a shootout began with a dispute between two rival gangs.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Timothy Knighton

Timothy Knighton was shot to death August 6, 2010 while he sat in a car in the parking lot of 86-92 Oak Street, Springfield, MA. Witnesses told police that Knighton was with some friends in a parked car on Oak Street when an unknown man approached and opened fire.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Rankin, Sowayne

On November 3, 2010, 21 year-old Sowayne Rankin was stabbed shortly after 6 p.m. at a commercial plaza at  State and Mapledell Street across from American International College in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Darin Negron

On January 27, 2011, 23 year old Darin Negron was shot outside 96 Melrose Street in Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Pedro Osorio

On February 12, 2011, 24 year old Pedro Osorio was found dead outside 40 James Street in Springfield, MA. Osorio was shot and thrown from an older minivan.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Raul Vera

On July 3, 2011, 38 year old Raul Vera was shot in front of 66 Lincoln Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Doris Alzak

On July 12, 2011, 81 year old Doris Alzak was found dead in her home at 100 Phillips Avenue in Springfield, after sanitation workers reported a fire at her home.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Castro, Oscar

On June 19, 2011 at approximately 1:30 a.m.,  26 year-old Oscar Castro was shot and killed outside of the Clover Café on the corner of High and Lyman Street in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Jonathan Tallaj UPDATE 2012 - THREE ARRESTS MADE

On August 23, 2011, 25 year old Jonathan Tallaj was shot and killed in the driveway of 90 Wilmont Street, Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Carmen Melendez

On August 24, 2011, 16 year old Carmen Melendez was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while in a parking lot on the corner of State and Andrews Streets in Springfield MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Amanda Plasse

UPDATE – 2013 ARREST MADE

On August 26, 2011, 20 year old Amanda Plasse was found dead in her apartment at 73 School Street, Chicopee, MA. At the time of her death, Plasse was employed at the Friendly's on Memorial Drive in Chicopee.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Devada Wannamaker

On October 16, 2011, 23 year old Devada Wannamaker was found shot in an alleyway near Club Illusion, 284 Worthington St. in Sprinfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Victor Mercedes

On October 24, 2011, 30 year old Victor Mercedes was shot and killed in the driveway of 93 Garfield Street, Springfield, MA.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Alfred Pellot Lopez

On February 23, 2012 police were summoned to 17 Whittier St. shortly before 10 p.m. and found Alfred Pellot Lopez with a gunshot wound to the head near a rear walkway of the property. He later died at Baystate Medical Hospital.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Charles Gamache

On March 27, 2012, fifty-four-year old Charles Gamache, of 42 Pioneer Way was found fatally stabbed just before 10 p.m. inside his home at the Boston Road Mobile Home Park
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Dennis Jordan

On April 17, 2012, 34-year-old, Dennis Jordan died after he was shot outside of apartment buildings on Union Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Laurent, Felix

On November 2, 2012, Felix Laurent was stabbed near the Deberry School, 670 Union Street, Springfield. Despite treatment and discharge from the hospital he died on November 7 th as a result of the stabbing.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Robbins, Rashawn

On January 20, 2013, 19 year-old, Rashawn Robbins was shot and killed on Central Street near the intersection of Pine Street in Springfield at approximately 2:50 a.m.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Sparks, Brandon

29 year-old Brandon Sparks was shot multiple times while sitting in the front driver seat of his car in the driveway of 123 Kent Road in Springfield on April 10, 2013.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355

Rodriguez, Daniel

On May 28, 2013, 35 year-old Daniel “Danny” Rodriguez was shot multiple times in front of 104-106 Bliss Street in Holyoke at approximately 5:30.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

White, John Kulon

On June 16, 2013, at approximately 5:20 p.m., 38 year-old John White was found shot near 12-14 Montcalm Street in Springfield.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

 

Bonet, Adriana

On September 22, 2013, 25 year- old Adriana Bonet was shot as she stood with two male friends near MJ’s Pizza Restaurant on Worthington Street in Springfield.  After a verbal exchange one of three men all dressed in red, approached Bonet and her friends and opened fire.  She was transported to Baystate Medical Center where she died shortly after surgery.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Hernandez, Richard

Santiago, Jose

On September 14, 2013 at 2:00 a.m.  Richard Alequin-Hernandez, 25, of Chicopee and Jose Santiago- Rodriguez, 20 of Holyoke, were found shot to death in an alleyway near Chestnut Park at the corner of Chestnut and Sargeant Streets in Holyoke.
Please call State Police Detective Unit (413) 505-5993 with information.

Daniels, Brandon

On September 21, 2013 at approximately 10:00 p.m., 29 year-old Brandon Daniels was shot multiple times after having a brief confrontation with a group of men in front of La Favorita Mini Mart on Walnut St in Springfield. 
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Alexander, John

On September 28, 2013 at approximately 2:50 a.m. officers were dispatched to 28 Westminster Street in Springfield for shots fired. Upon officers arrival they found victim, John Alexander, 22, outside of his car with a gunshot wound to his head.  Investigators believe an older model Acura or Honda may have been involved.  
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.

Powell, Hakeem

Hakeem Powell, 33 was found shot in the area of Stebbins and Quincy Street after Springfield’s shot-spotter was activated on October 5, 2013 at 2:14pm.
Please call Springfield Police Detective Bureau with information at 413-787-6355.