Pawtucket murder victim’s uncle says nephew was funny, loving father

Matthew Reverdes

PAWTUCKET, R.I (WPRI) — The uncle of a man shot and killed on Halloween night says the family is still coming to terms with the loss of 29-year-old Matthew Reverdes, a father of a 7-year-old daughter.

“He was a loving person,” said Joe Reverdes in an interview with Eyewitness News. “Loved life, loved his daughter. His daughter was like his best friend, and that’s what breaks my heart.”

Reverdes, the brother of Matthew Reverdes’ mother, described his nephew as funny, with a lot of friends. He said Matthew wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t get himself into too many disputes.

“He never would’ve harmed anybody,” Reverdes said. “Never would start problems with anybody.”

Reverdes said the Harrison Street home where his nephew was shot and killed is where Matthew lived. He said neighbors, including two of the suspects who have been arrested, had an ongoing issue with Matthew over his barking dog.

“It’s crazy how just a little argument, it was nothing worth fighting for…escalated to a gun and killing somebody,” Reverdes said.

Pawtucket Police have not confirmed that an argument led to the shooting.

Pawtucket Police announced on Friday that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder, though only with drug delivery charges. Police said more charges are pending further investigation. Juscelina DaSilva, 33, was arrested in Providence Thursday while Julio Cano, 32, was arrested in Framingham, Mass. Trearra Hudgen, 26, was apprehended in Hartford after police tracked her car to a dollar general store.

All three are currently facing drug charges. Narcotics officers were seen going in and out of the Harrison street home the day after the homicide.

Police said DaSilva is being held at the ACI, while Cano and Hudgen are being held in Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively, as fugitives from justice. They are expected to be extradited to Rhode Island.

Joe Reverdes said his family is preparing to bury Matthew on Monday morning. He said while they try to heal, he is forgiving whomever killed his nephew.

“I’m adjusting, to forgive,” Reverdes said. “To try to move forward. Because I can’t bring Matthew back. Nobody can.”