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Holyoke Remembers Victims in Saturday Morning Shooting

holyoke memorialHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) –Arnaldo Martinez was in his apartment when he heard gunshots right outside of his bedroom window. “We hear somebody was saying something about chasing, and like 1 or 2 minutes later, we hear gunshots, then hard breathing, like somebody was dying, ‘ugh’. That’s when I panicked, jumped out of my bed, grabbed my phone and called the ambulance,” he recalled.

Little did he know, those gasps belonged to two men, one of them being his friend, 20-year-old Jose Santiago. The other, 25-year-old Chicopee resident Jose Alequin-Hernandez.

Holyoke police say both were killed in the shooting.  “A few minutes before that happened, he was running that way. Running up the street. A few minutes later he comes back with some people, and I try to invite him in so he won’t, and he kept going. He wouldn’t listen to me,” Martinez said.

Now, lit candles, flowers, balloons, and messages mark the spot in Chestnut Park where the men  lost their lives. “Jose, I had a couple of memories with.  He’s a good friend of mine, always happy, always smiling. He was a great kid, he had a 1 year old daughter, and I just feel like no one should deserve to be put to rest like that. I just feel terrible about the whole situation,” shared Eric Burgos.

Several others in the neighborhood acknowledge that there is a code of silence when it comes to talking about events like this. Although they say they are scared, they’ve had enough of the violence and want it to stop. “Too many young people dying. too many young innocent people, and, it’s not cool,” Martinez added.

So far, no arrests have been made.

The Holyoke Criminal Investigations Bureau, Hampden County State Police Detective Unit and State Police Crime Unit are all investigating.

If you have any information, Holyoke Police are urging you to call them at (413) 322-6940.

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