Vigil held for New Bedford murder victim

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Friends and family gathered on Friday to honor a young New Bedford mother, who was gunned down Sunday night.

The vigil was in memory of Sabrina Dasilva, 19, who was carrying groceries home to her apartment when she was shot, according to police. The event took place at the spot where she was killed on Bedford Street.

“It’s not right,” said Dasilva’s cousin Anthony Lopes, of Dasilva’s sudden death. “I mean, no one deserves to go that way. But I mean when it happens to someone in your family, you get shook,” he added.

Dasilva’s mother said her daughter was full of life, loved to dance, and was working towards a college degree so she could be a court translator. One friend said that Dasilva could speak four languages.

“She was an angel here on Earth and now she’s an angel in Heaven,” said Dasilva’s sister, Kathy Carrancho.

“[It] rocked my world upside down, ripped the carpet underneath my feet, broke my heart and then burned it,” she said.

An online fundraiser has been setup to help Dasilva’s family with funeral expenses, and to support her 2-year-old daughter, who is now in the care of her grandmother.

Dasilva’s cousin had strong words for whomever committed the deadly shooting.

“We’re going to find out who you are and when we do, you’re going to get taken to justice and you’re going to pay for what you did,” said Nathan Dantas. “Sooner or later you’re going to pay for what you did.”

Police have not made any arrests in connection to her death.

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