4th suspect sought in murder of North Providence father

Rosie Woods | WPRI-TV

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — North Providence police are looking for a fourth suspect in connection to a murder last month.

Hernan Avila Junior was shot and killed outside a convenience store on May 15. His son was also shot, but survived.

Ernest Keosouphanh and Brandyn Pavao were both charged with first degree murder and ordered held without bail following their arraignments last month. Bail was set at $20,000 for Davante Neves, accused of conspiring to assault the younger Avila.

Police say Keosouphanh was the sole gunman.

Ernest Keosouphanh, 19, is charged with:

  • First-degree murder
  • Felony assault with attempt to commit murder (two Counts)
  • Conspiracy to commit murder
  • Conspiracy to commit felony assault with the intent to commit murder
  • Conspiracy to commit felony assault
  • Possession of an altered firearm (9mm handgun)

Brandyn Pavao, 23, is charged with:

  • First-degree murder
  • Felony assault with intent to commit murder
  • Conspiracy to commit murder (two counts)

Davante Neves, 18, is charged with:

  • Conspiracy to commit felony assault

According to our news partners at The Providence Journal, officials are searching for 19-year-old Davon Silva, saying he was probably involved in the double shooting.

Police believe Silva was in a car parked outside the store and witnessed the whole thing.

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