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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.


  • NoNonsense1

    Such a beautiful memorial! (sarcasm)….it looks like the streetsweeper missed a spot.

  • emelys92

    If your not going to type anything positive please don’t type anything at all. You have no idea what we are going through and how much it hurts us. I am 100% sure you guys were not at the crime scene or even knew them. SO PLEASE, save your stupid comments because if it was your family you would not like for someone to talk so much crap about them ESPECIALLY some one that does not know them.

    REST IN PEACE JOSE SANTIAGO <3 WE LOVE YOU N MISS YOU <3 :(

  • NoNonsense1

    If it was my family I would be offended to have a memorial like that in remembrance of my relative. No comment was made as far as the deceased it was about the tasteless memorial that was placed there. Next time stick with just the candles.
    May they RIP and hopefully someone revamps that memorial into something that represents them in a better light.

  • NoNonsense1

    Nice language….but not surprising

  • NoNonsense1

    Nice language…smh…..but not surprising

  • PacoR1

    Holy crap maybe you should have to be able to spell food stamps before you can receive them
    that would save the state a lot of money

  • crime

    population control…just like the dog pound