Chicopee man charged with murder in July shooting in Holyoke


Staff Writer
Published: 8/8/2020 12:10:08 PM

HOLYOKE — A Chicopee man was held without the right to bail on a murder charge Friday after being arrested a day earlier in connection with a July shooting on Suffolk Street that killed Jose Bonilla.

Angel Rivera, 29, pleaded not guilty in Holyoke District Court to a charge of murder, according to the court clerk’s office. Judge Jacklyn M. Connly presided; Rivera’s next court date is Sept. 10.

Rivera was arrested Thursday by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office and the Holyoke Police Department for his alleged involvement in the Suffolk Street homicide, according to James Leydon, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. 

On July 13 at around 9:45 p.m., officers with the Holyoke Police Department responded to a shooting at 56 Suffolk St., according to Leydon. A victim, later identified as Bonilla, was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound by police when they arrived. Bonilla was rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he died a short time later. Bonilla was 43 years old and from Holyoke.

Court documents were not available in Rivera’s case as they were impounded.

Bonilla’s death was the third of four fatal shootings reported in the city this year. Most recently, Skyzen Encarnacion, 19, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to killing Carlos Ruemmele, 23, of Springfield near the entrance of the Holyoke Mall on July 29.

Two other men were fatally shot within days of one another in January; the first being Jesus Otero Marrero, 21, of Holyoke, who was found by police the morning of Jan. 10. On Jan. 11, police found Racquese Wright, 21, of Springfield with gunshot wounds; he later died.

Three people have been charged in Marrero’s death.

Leydon said the investigation into the Suffolk Street homicide is still ongoing by the Holyoke Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police detective unit assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office, and the Hampden district attorney’s office’s murder unit.

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