Suspect in Holyoke Easter Sunday homicide ordered held without bail

Alejandro Rosario accused of killing Luis G. Burgos

Alejandro Rosario is seen at right behind the court officers during his arraignment Monday in Holyoke District Court. He is charged with murder in the April 5 shooting death of Luis Burgos.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man accused of shooting another man to death during an argument on Easter Sunday has been ordered held without the right to bail. Alejandro Rosario, 25, was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday morning, charged with murder for the April 5 killing of Luis G. Burgos.

According to a news release sent to 22News by the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, witnesses told police Rosario and Burgos were having a heated argument outside the apartment building at 304 Chestnut Street in Holyoke in the early evening hours of April 5. They reported seeing Rosario going into the building, and coming out with a handgun. He then allegedly fired several shots. Burgos, who had been walking away, was shot at least once in the back.

The victim was brought by a private vehicle to Holyoke Medical Center, where he died, while prosecutors say Rosario got away before police arrived.

A five day-long investigation led police to obtain a warrant for Rosario’s arrest, but by the time the warrant was issued, he was already being held at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow on a narcotics charge out of Holyoke District Court.

Rosario, who was barely visible to the court from behind a partition during his arraignment, will be back in court for another hearing on May 11.

Burgos’ murder marked the second homicide of 2015 in the city of Holyoke.

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