HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who was arrested in Puerto Rico in connection to a homicide in Holyoke was arraigned in court Thursday.

According to Hampden District Attorney Spokesperson Jim Leydon, 22-year-old Aleq Rodriguez of Holyoke pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Edgar Soto-Irizarry of Holyoke. He is being held without bail and his bail for a previous firearms case in Holyoke was revoked. He is due back in court on November 9th for a pre-trial hearing.

On June 22 around 9:00 a.m., officers were called to the 300 block on Appleton Street for a shooting victim. Soto-Irizarry was found with gunshot wounds and died before he could be taken to the hospital.

Investigators had learned Rodriguez took off to Puerto Rico days after the homicide. The Hampden County District Attorney’s office and local police worked with Puerto Rico authorities to locate Rodriguez. He was arrested on September 21.

The homicide is still being investigated by the DA’s Office and Holyoke Police.

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