West Springfield murder suspect arrested at airport, victim identified

The is is the City's first homicide of 2017

roberto santiago in court
Roberto Santiago is seen here during his arraignment as a fugitive from justice, at Enfield Superior Court in Enfield, CT.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden District Attorney’s Office identified the victim of Monday’s deadly shooting as an 18-year-old woman.

Jim Leydon, spokesman for the Hampden District Attorney’s office, said West Springfield Police were called to Highland Avenue just before 1:00 p.m. Monday, where they found Delilah Santiago of Holyoke with a gunshot wound to her head.

Leydon said detectives received tips on the suspect’s whereabouts and at around 10:00 Monday night, found 19-year-old Roberto Santiago of West Springfield at Bradley International Airport with a purchased ticket to San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was arrested with the help of Connecticut State Police.

Leydon told 22News it appeared the suspect and the victim knew each other.

Related: West Springfield Police investigate deadly shooting on Highland Avenue

West Springfield Detective Capt. Paul Connor said Roberto was arraigned as a fugitive in Enfield Superior Court, Tuesday morning, and then brought back to West Springfield. He will be arraigned in Springfield District Court on a murder charge on Wednesday.

Below is Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s full statement on the deadly shooting:

“This was a tragic incident that resulted in a young woman senselessly losing her life. My sympathy and thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends. This quick arrest comes as a result of the constructive collaboration between the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to my office, the West Springfield Police Department, and members of my office’s Murder and Major Felonies Unit, especially Assistant District Attorney Max Bennett. I thank them all for their great work. This cooperation will continue as my office now focuses its effort on a successful prosecution and justice for the victim and her family.”

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