HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) -Over a span of 48 hours, Holyoke police investigated three separate shootings, two of which were deadly.
The first was Friday when police found a body on South Bridge Street, near the Morgan School.
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News the victim was identified as 21-year-old Jesus Otero Marrero of Holyoke.
On Saturday, police found 21-year-old Racquese Wright of Springfield suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the area of 133 Sargeant Street. Wright was taken to the hospital where he died.
Another shooting took place on Gerard Way Saturday evening where someone was shot in the leg.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse released the following statement in regards to the recent shootings:
“The Holyoke Police Department is currently investigating each incident, and is doing so with support from the District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, as well as additional state and federal partners. Extra patrol shifts have been added, and work will continue to bring justice to those afflicted. In addition to these responsive measures to violence, we will continue to push forward with proactive prevention across the city. It is an unfortunate reality that at the root of this violence in our city and country’s continued struggles with addiction, mental health, and systemic poverty. I am grateful for the work of our local teachers, mental health and addiction practitioners, and the dozens of community organizations that recognize the importance of strong community connections for a peaceful city. My office will continue to support the work of these organizations, as well as our local law enforcement to ensure that resources are made available for continued prevention and response to violence.”-Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse
22News has yet to receive confirmation as to whether these incidents were related, but one local resident said the nice weather we had this weekend could have played a factor in these incidents.
“This weekend was so warm it felt like summer. I think people get out more in that time and there’s more interaction which leads to a better chance that things like this could happen.”-Ron Baldwin, Holyoke
30-year-old Merkin Andrade was taken into custody and charged with misleading a police investigation in connection with the incident on South Bridge Street.
No arrests have been made in connection with the homicide on Sargeant Street.