Sarno: Knox Street shooting turns my stomach

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has released a statement following a deadly armed robbery at the Knox Street Market Friday.

Read more: Springfield market owner’s wife killed during armed robbery

Thirty-four-year-old Virginia Rodriguez-Veras was shot and killed during the armed robbery. The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office identified her as the wife of the market’s owner.

Twenty-two-year-old Duryl Hale, of Springfield, has been arrested in connection with the deadly armed robbery.

Sarno said it turns his stomach that “another ‘choir boy’ repeat violent offender Duryl Hale is left to walk and terrorize our streets!”

He also called on state lawmakers to pass his bail legislation or Governor Charlie Baker’s Dangerousness Legislation regarding repeat offenders.

The mayor’s full statement is below:

“Having been contacted by Commissioner Barbieri Friday evening and then going to Knox Street Saturday morning to be with and express my sympathy, thoughts and prayers to family members, friends and neighborhood residents, it turns my stomach that another ‘choir boy’ repeat violent offender Duryl Hale is left to walk and terrorize our streets! Now a mom is dead and a son is seriously injured. Hale was out on probation. When are our courts going to realize that these repeat violent offenders don’t give a [expletive] and have no respect for life? When will our state legislature take up and pass my Bail Legislation and/or Governor Baker’s Dangerousness Legislation so these incidents can stop?”

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