NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The two defendants arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 15-year-old New Bedford boy Wednesday were both denied bail at their arrangments Thursday morning.
Luis Rafael Class, 21, of New Bedford was arraigned at New Bedford District Court on charges of accessory to murder after the fact, and assault and battery. A 16-year-old juvenile suspect was arraigned at juvenile court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
They are charged in connection with the stabbing death of Mateo Morales, 15, of New Bedford.
New Bedford police were called to the intersection of Middle and Chancery streets around 6:22 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a triple stabbing.
The District Attorney said Morales was pronounced dead. Two other victims, a 16-year-old male and a 22-year-old male, were transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, the DA’s office said.
The 16-year-old has since been released.
According to court filings reviewed by Eyewitness News, a white Hyundai registered to Class’ mother was caught on surveillance video at the scene. Police said that four males, including Class, got out of the car and approached Morales. Police said the footage shows some sort of fight and Class was holding Morales down while the juvenile hit him.
Friends say Morales lived near the scene in the Temple Landing Apartments. Shawnte Silva, a friend of Morales’, said she saw him the day he was killed.
“We left my house, dropped him off at home,” she said. “Couple of hours later, we got the call what had happened.”
Eric Rudolph, a friend of the victim, said neighbors who spoke of gangs on Wednesday were wrong.
“People on the outside try to look in and they don’t get it. This is years – years – I’m talking like before I was born. Kind of we were born into it,” he explained.
Silva said he was a good kid.
“I don’t know what happened, what could have happened,” she said. “For him to lose his life, he didn’t deserve it.”
Police said the crime is still under investigation.