Lifelong friend ID’s Pawtucket homicide victim

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A friend of the homicide victim in Pawtucket has come forward to identify the victim.

Rakim Sanders, who has known the victim since they were young, said it was 29-year-old Matthew Reverdes who was shot on Monday afternoon around 4 p.m on Harrison Street.

“He was everything to his family, so everyone is hurting right now,” said Sanders.

Sanders, who is currently playing professional basketball in Italy, was shocked to hear the news.

He added that Reverdes leaves behind a daughter. Reverdes “was all about his daughter and making sure she was good and putting a smile on her face,” Sanders said.


What led up to the shooting and what direction the suspect fled in has not been addressed by police yet.

Kelvin Grant lives in the neighborhood, he was surprised when Eyewitness News told him no arrests have been made. “Oh, they haven’t found him?” Well, that’s scary.”

Other neighbors said that police were in the area all night even after the crime scene tape came down.

Police vehicles were still parked outside a house Tuesday morning on Harrison Street where neighbors describe they heard shots from.

“I heard like, 3, or 4 gunshots. It was like pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Adelino Alfonso, who was in the area at the time.

“My youngest son is 28. If something happened to him, I don’t know how I’m going to be,” Alfonso said.

The injured victim was able to make his way to the corner of Cedar and Garden Street, according to police. He was able to give to a statement to police before succumbing to his injuries at Rhode Island Hospital later Monday night.

Police cordoned off a business close to where the victim was found for the night but it was back open on Tuesday.

“I hope they catch the person who did it,” said another neighbor, Carrie LeClair. “There’s always been gangs and there’s been shootings in the past,” she also said.

The city of Pawtucket has seen a number of shootings with multiple injuries in the last five months only.

Three people were struck by gunfire in the area of West and Jefferson Avenues on June 28. In the same location just days earlier, a 23-year-old was shot, but police didn’t clarify if the events were connected.

On September 26, police found a man shot in the head in a car that was crashed on Underwood Street.

Later that same week, two people were injured after a shooting on West Avenue and Sterry Street in what appeared to a drive-by shooting.

No arrests have been made.