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Family Reflects on Brandon Daniels, Killed on His Birthday

Walnut St Shooting Pic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Brandon Daniels had just left work, and was celebrating his 28th birthday when he stopped into La Favorita market on Walnut St. around 10 p.m. Saturday night.

That’s when police say he was shot and killed after a confrontation with a group of men.

“We would never imagine it would be him that we’re standing here for. We would never imagine that. I don’t even know how to explain this to his son that his father is never coming back. I don’t even know what to say to my son when he expects him to pick him up from school today, I don’t even know how to explain it and it hurts. I have to be his mother and his father now,” close friend Feleshia Thompson said through tears.

Now pictures, messages, and candles surround the store.

Friends and family stopping by to express their condolences but his cousin Laura Thomas wishes they didn’t.

“This man, you don’t even know if he has problems, because all he does is walk around and smile. He is a good man, and we lost another one. We don’t want to be here. This is upsetting,” stated Thomas. “Still just waking up without him, hearing him, it’s crazy. We were just enjoying his birthday. He was with family, friends stopped by, you know, just the people that love him,” Daniels’ girlfriend Michelle Watson shared.

While police are still investigating the homicide, Brandon’s family, along with his 3 children will continue to search for answers.  “Nothing’s getting solved. Somebody give me an answer to one question. Just one,” Thomas explained.

Police are also still investigating the shooting death of 25-year old Adriana Bonet, who was killed here in at MJ’s Pizza on Armory and Worthington St.

This is now the 14th homicide in the city this year. No arrests have been made yet in either shooting.

If you have any information you’re urged to call the Springfield Police Department at

(413) 787-6325, or text an anonymous tip to “crimes”, or 274637, “solve” and then your tip.


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