NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Members of the New Bedford community gathered Tuesday night to remember the two victims of an overnight shooting.
A homicide investigation is underway after someone opened fire on a vehicle, killing the driver, 27-year-old Stephen Bodden and his passenger, 28-year-old Fabio Tavares.
One of Bodden’s family members stopped by the scene to start a vigil in his honor. She told Eyewitness News she’d rather see the suspect caught rather than retaliated against.
“Don’t retaliate when you find out who it is,” she said. “Don’t try to go and put the same hurt that we’re feeling on another family, regardless if that family just murdered my family. I’d rather see justice. I want to see this person caught, in jail. I don’t want to see another family go through what we’re going through. It’s not right.”
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, city police responded at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of shots fired at a vehicle on Central Avenue. Officers arrived on scene to find the vehicle had crashed into a parked car.
Bodden was pronounced dead at the scene, the DA’s office said. Tavares was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
New Bedford police, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the DA’s office and homicide unit prosecutors are conducting the investigation.