Vigil held for man shot dead inside Providence apartment

Providence shooting - Cranston Street

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A vigil was held Monday night for a man that was fatally shot inside a Providence apartment earlier that morning.

According to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin, the shooting took place at about 2 a.m. at a tenement building on Cranston Street.

Lapatin said the 28-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the victim was targeted. There were other people inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, according to Lapatin.

The victim’s cousin, Julio Rivera, said that he was trying to turn his life around. “He’s been going to school, he’s been doing his music for a while now, and he really poured his heart and all into it and I know he was focused on that the past few months. He was starting to leave his old life behind and pursue a new one and it got cut short.”

Family and friends said the victim’s name is Carlos Rivera and that he will be remembered through his music and the four children he leaves behind.

At the scene of the crime, those that knew him gathered with candles and played his music.

“He could sing and he could rap. He had a lot of stuff. He had a mixtape coming out…he’s real good at music, so it’s devastating,” Dudley said. Rivera was “a humble dude, so I don’t know why somebody would want him out of here.”

No arrests have been made yet but officials said that the suspect would be no threat to the community.

Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim.

The shooting made neighbors feel uncomfortable, but not shocked. One told Eyewitness News that the area was not a good neighborhood.

Two weeks ago, police reported to the same street after calls that a man had been shot in the parking lot of a bar.

Officials said that the victim was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.