Two suspects arrested in deadly South Bridge Street shooting in Holyoke, victim identified


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed on South Bridge Street in Holyoke Friday morning and two suspects are now in police custody. 

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office identified the man killed as 21-year-old Jesus Otero Marrero of Holyoke. Police found Marrero unresponsive with a gunshot wound in the area of 605 South Bridge Street.  

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Photo: Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

On Monday, State Police detectives and Holyoke Police officers arrested 30-year-old Jean Carlos Rivera of Holyoke and charged him with murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court Tuesday morning. 

Already arrested and in custody in connection with the deadly shooting is 30-year-old Merkin Andrade of Holyoke. He was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday on charges including misleading a police investigation and accessory to murder.

Bail was set at $5,000 on the first charge and $100,000 on the accessory to a murder charge. He is scheduled back in court on February 13. 

The DA’s Office said this continues to be an ongoing investigation. 

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