Woman killed in Springfield stabbing, suspect in custody

Killing marks 5th homicide of 2017 in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say that a woman has died and a suspect is in custody following a stabbing over the weekend in the city’s Mason Square area.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, the victim was discovered just after midnight Sunday in front of 15 Amore Road by a pizza delivery driver who was making a delivery to a home on that street. The driver told the customer to call police because because there appeared to be a body in the street. Delaney says that the victim, a 42 year-old woman, had suffered from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

Delaney says that over the course of the investigation, they received a report of a man who was stabbed in the hand and robbed in front of 31 Colonial Avenue. He was taken by friends to Mercy Medical Center, and questioned by police. On Colonial Avenue, police found the man’s car. “Officers could plainly see a large amount of blood inside the interior of the car. Detectives gathered evidence at this scene, as well as the murder scene on Amore Road,” Delaney wrote in a posting on the department’s official Facebook page.

Delaney says that homicide detectives developed enough evidence to arrest Jose Gonzalez, 32, of 135 Westminster Street, on a murder charge.

Police searching for suspect after early morning stabbing

Jose Gonzalez. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department.

The victim’s name was withheld until Tuesday morning, so that her family could be properly notified. She was identified as Luz M. Vazquez.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. I am hoping that having this investigation lead to a quick arrest will provide some solace to them,” Police Commissioner John Barbieri said.

The deadly stabbing marks the fifth homicide of 2017 in the city of Springfield.

Gonzalez will be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.

Springfield, MA Homicides, 2017