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Springfield Police Make Arrest in Robert Dyer Circle Murder

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have made an arrest in the Sunday murder of a Chicopee man.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, detectives and members of the department’s tactical response team arrested 18-year-old Ashawnee Duke, who was hiding at his home on Willard Avenue.

Police allege that Duke and 19-year-old Keough Collins of Chicopee went to the area of Robert Dyer Circle Sunday night “to commit a gunpoint robbery that was drug related,” Delaney says.

Delaney adds that Duke and Collins tried to rob a 31-year-old man as he was leaving his apartment, but during that attempt, a fight broke between the robbery victim, Duke, and Collins.

Duke then alleged fired his gun, hitting the robbery suspect in the leg and Collins in the head.

Collins was pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center. Delaney says that Collins was “a victim of friendly fire” from his alleged robbery accomplice.

Duke is being charged with murder, carrying a firearm, discharging a firearm, possession of ammunition, assault with intent to rob with a firearm, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Arraignment for Duke is set for Friday in Springfield District Court.

Ashawnee Duke

Keough Collins

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  • paulb62

    Amazing he shoots his accomplice. And someone said they are real good people.
    They come from Chicopee to Springfield, in an area that has been related to drug and gang activity, but they are good students. One is dead the other is going to jail!!!!!!!!

  • paulb62

    @ Benny! Wake up and smell the flowers. These to juveniles knew exactly what they were doing. The old saying, can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well these two had a lot if people fooled!!!!


    Its very sad all three of them boys lost their lives one dead other two prison. But you can look at all their faces and see they r only kids,but the fact is they went out with the intent to rob and kill if necessary. I work with boys a little bit younger than those three and its very hard to get through to some because there no positive role models at home. Having a gun and selling drugs are what most of these young boys want to do. At some point a change has to be made at home to avoid things like this when I was 18 I had a full-time job and no longer needed my parents to support me at 22 I was living on my own fully independent,most of my friends graduated from college and yes we are young minorities. Look around now at all the aimless youth 18-25 living at home making babies and being criminals. These kids parents need to stop making excuse s and make their kids do something before its to late and then they say “oh he was such a good boy” BULLSHIT good boys don’t carry guns and rob people peroid. When I was their age I had three options WORK,SCHOOL,OR MILITARY. I chose work and school and had the same temptation as these young men but I actually wanted to be somebody and make my family proud of me so the can honestly say he’s a good man father and husband also a good black man! Its sad parents take responsibility and raise your kids without excuse s it will be better for them in the long run.