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Chicopee Man Killed in “Drug and Gang Related” Spfld. Shooting

Keough Collins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Police say 19-year-old Keough Collins of Chicopee got into an altercation with another man when shots rang out.

The shooting happened just outside 104 Robert Dyer Circle just before 7 o’clock Sunday night.

“Officers discovered right away when they went there that a 19-year-old, that was later identified as Keough Collins suffering from a bullet wound to the head. They performed CPR and took him to the hospital and he was pronounced dead on arrival at Baystate Medical Center,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

A second man, yet to be identified by police, was also shot. “[He was] shot in the leg, suffering from one gunshot wound to the leg. There was a struggle over a handgun. We are piecing things together right now but he is at the hospital right now and detectives are questioning him,” Delaney adds.

While the police are investigating the sequences of events, family and friends of Collins are remembering him with candles and words.

“It’s a major loss. It’s the only boy in the family. He’s been the only boy until I had my son and him and my son are really close so we are really close,” says one family member.

Springfield Police say they believe they have the motive for the city’s 12th homicide of the year,

Delaney notes, “The motive of the crime seems to be gang and drug relate. It was a robbery that was going to take place right there.”

“I don’t know why he would do this to him. Honestly, I can’t say a lot of people had problems with him because he is a really happy person so I don’t know who did this.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police at (413) 787-6355 or you can anonymously ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637).

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  • paulb62

    Has to be drug or gang related. And I am sure the victims are not cooperating with police

  • Mick

    Cesspool, the beat goes on.

  • Mick

    Don’t like what you see going on around you every day? You can thank Lyndon Johnson and his “Great Society”. Keep pulling the liberal Democrat lever and you’ll see a lot more of this. Unfortunately people in this city and state are too “smart” to see that.

  • paratrooper82

    Another murder….that’s to bad

  • anonymous777

    At least when minorities commit crimes there arent usually any innocent victims if u got it then u prob had it coming they dont
    1.run up into movie places and take out high capacity rifles and go to work
    2 shoot kids up in schools cause theyre mad at the world
    3drown their kids
    4kill their parents while they sleep

  • SPLD GUY

    It was not drugs or gang related its funny how people speak without knowing any of the facts. It was unfortunate a life was lost but any man has a right to defend his own life and I’ll leave it at that until the press releases more.

  • divalliere

    The comments are disgustin…he. was a good kid….graduated high school, worked, had a baby on the way, and came from a good family. Only god knows what happened so far…..but its so sad people are soo quick to judge….can only imagine the sketetons in ur closets…but at least u. Didn’t lose ur life over them and had the opportunity to learned from ur mistakes, something this young man will never be able to do

  • paulb62

    @Spfld Guy Read the article. It was gang and drug related.
    Oh yea he was a good kid. Why did he have a gun.
    Come on people, look at the area!!!!!

  • paratrooper82

    So true 777

  • SPLD GUY

    No it was nt. That young man was doing something he had no business doing and lost his life and that saddens me. But DRUGS OR GANGS played any factor.That’s Delaney’s favorite saying !

  • chance68

    His facebook page didn’t make him look at all like the gangsta type.He came off as a good kid and I’m betting he was murdered while resisting a robbery.

  • SPLD GUY

    Other way around Chance68.