Teen suspect charged in New Bedford murder

Memorial for murder victim Jonas Trinidad Jr.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford teenager has been arrested and charged with shooting a man to death in the city earlier this week, the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III confirms.

According to the DA’s office, David Lima was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by Massachusetts State Police in Fall River.

Lima, 16, of Matthew Street, is facing charges in the shooting death of 20-year-old Jonas Trinidad Jr., including murder.

Police said Trinidad was shot Wednesday morning near the intersection of Matthew and Bank Streets. He was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Up in the city’s north end, on Sawyer Street, family and friends set up a memorial to honor Trinidad.

“When I heard about it, I was in the shower. I was just in shock,” recalled his cousin, Giselle Trinidad. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Memorial for murder victim Jonas Trinidad Jr.

Trinidad said she last saw her cousin alive just a few days ago.

“Perfectly fine. He was acting like nothing was wrong,” she said.

“Yesterday I was over there with the family,” Trinidad continued. “I was just like, ‘is this a bad dream?'”

Investigators have not yet commented on a possible motive for the killing.

Lima is being held in jail overnight, according to the DA’s office. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Friday in New Bedford District Court on charges of murder, carrying an illegal firearm, and carrying a loaded illegal firearm.