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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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