HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Holyoke were saddened to hear of the first homicide in their city this year. A 51-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday morning on Race Street.
Holyoke Police Lieutenant Larry Cournoyer told 22News that police found the man unconscious after he was shot in the chest. A street sign lying next to the sidewalk where the man was shot appears to be pierced with bullet holes.
When first responders arrived, they tried to immediately give the victim CPR. He was then taken to Baystate Medical Center where he later died.
Holyoke Police and State Police detectives searched Sunday for clues leading to the person responsible for the deadly shooting.
Holyoke resident, Victor Burgos, told 22News he still feels safe in the city, despite Sunday morning’s shooting. “The policemen take care of us in Holyoke, so I’m not afraid to go outside because of violence. Everywhere you go, you’re going to find violence. It just depends on where you’re going to be, and what part you’re going to be, at what time,” he said.
Tracy Gothier has lived in Holyoke for years, but she said crime isn’t secluded to specific towns and cities these days. “Today it’s anywhere, it’s not just Holyoke, it’s Springfield, it’s Chicopee, it’s everywhere. You know, they’re desensitized to everything so it’s no big deal. So you know, spend the rest of your life in jail, have fun,” she said.
Edwin Conde lives a few streets away from where the murder occurred, and he told 22News violent crimes usually never happen over there. “Since I’ve lived in Holyoke I’ve been living here. This is like mostly family here, so I wouldn’t think it would even happen at all,” he said.
Police haven’t released the victim’s name, but did say he was a Hispanic man from Holyoke.