Springfield market owner’s wife killed during armed robbery

Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  The woman shot and killed during an armed robbery at Knox Street Market in Springfield Friday has been identified as the market owner’s wife.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office identified the victim as 34-year-old Virginia Rodriguez-Veras.

Twenty-two year-old Duryl Hale, of Springfield, has been arrested in connection with the deadly armed robbery. He is facing charges of armed assault with intent to commit robbery with a firearm,  assault & battery by discharging a firearm, attempt to commit an assault and battery by discharging a firearm,  possession of a loaded firearm, and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to Hampden DA spokesman Jim Leydon, police officers were flagged down by people in the area of the market on Knox Street at around 6:30 p.m. Friday. When they got there, officers were approached by a man with a wound to his neck who claimed three men tried to rob his store. Leydon said shots were fired during the attempted robbery, striking the market owner and Rodriguez-Veras.

Springfield police and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office have launched a homicide investigation into the woman’s shooting death.

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