Arrest made in deadly Holyoke stabbing

Jorge Rodriguez-Nieves accused of murder in death of Angel David Morales

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)- A 40-year-old man is being charged in connection with a deadly stabbing in downtown Holyoke on Sunday; the city’s first homicide of 2014.

Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert told 22News that Jorge Rodriguez-Nieves of Holyoke was arrested in Springfield late Sunday night. Rodriguez-Nieves is accused of stabbing 33 year-old Angel David Morales in the neck Sunday morning near the corner of Elm and Appleton Streets.

According to Albert, police were called to the area around 11:15 A.M., where a large crowd had gathered near the injured Morales. The Holyoke resident was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center, but did not survive.

Albert says that Holyoke police investigated the deadly stabbing in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, including state police, and that investigation led them to Rodriguez-Nieves. He was found in Springfield and arrested at around 11:00 P.M.

Rodriguez-Nieves was ordered held without the right to bail during his arraignment Monday afternoon in Holyoke District Court.

A Holyoke resident says it’s scary hearing about violence so close to home, but has her thoughts with Morales’ family.

“I would just tell the family keep your faith, stay positive,” says Jenny Carney. “Time will heal. Hopefully they will find positive, or make positive out of such a horrible tragedy. I couldn’t imagine losing someone I love.”

Albert says that the deadly stabbing is believed to have been the result of a personal dispute between Morales and Rodriguez-Nieves, and that gangs were not involved.

This is the city’s first homicide of the year.

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