Victim of Monday night Holyoke homicide identified

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2020 6:55:13 PM

HOLYOKE — A 43-year-old city man has been identified as the victim of a Monday night homicide on Suffolk Street.

Holyoke police officers responded to a shooting at 56 Suffolk St. at around 9:45 p.m. where they found Jose Bonilla suffering from a gunshot wound, according to James Leydon, spokesman for the Hampden district attorney’s office.

Bonilla was immediately rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he died a short time later. The location of the shooting is across from the Holyoke Public Schools’ offices at 57 Suffolk St.

The homicide is currently under investigation 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.

The case marks the third homicide in Holyoke this year. Two other men were fatally shot in Holyoke within days of one another in January; the first was 21-year-old Jesus Otero Marrero, 21, of Holyoke who was found 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, Brian Vazquez-Rivera, 29, and Jean Carlos Rivera, 30, who have pleaded not guilty to murder, and Merkin Andrade, 30, who was charged with misleading a police investigation and accessory to murder.

In a statement, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and Holyoke Police Chief Manny Febo extended their sympathies to Bonilla’s family.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.


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