Man faces firearms charges in Fall River homicide

Jeffrey Souza

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A Fall River man charged in connection with a city homicide was arraigned in Newport District Court Friday morning as a fugitive from justice.

Wearing a white jumpsuit and nursing a black eye, Jeffrey Souza went before a judge after he was taken into custody on Thursday.

Souza, 24, is a person of interest in the shooting that claimed the life of 28-year-old Kyle Brady in the early-morning hours of New Year’s Day.

Newport barbershop
A single candle burns outside the Newport barbershop where Kyle Brady worked.

According to police, Brady was shot at about 1:15 a.m. in the area of Albert and Huard Streets and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brady worked as a barber at Shannon’s on Broadway in Newport. His coworkers were in court Friday, saying they’re devastated by their loss but relieved to see a person of interest in handcuffs. A sign on the business’s door states that it will be closed until further notice, and offered thanks for the support in this tragedy.

Souza waived rendition, and is now being transported back to Massachusetts to face charges of possessing an illegal, loaded firearm. The charges are connected to Brady’s death, but police haven’t released any additional details about Souza’s alleged connection to the crime.

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