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22-year-old Victim of Springfield Homicide Identified


westminster street shootingSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The victim of a homicide in the early hours of Saturday morning has been identified.

Springfield Police say 22-year-old John Alexander of Springfield was shot in the head just before 3a.m. Saturday morning.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 28 Westminster Street. The city’s “Shotspotter” system was also activated. When police arrived on scene they found the victim being treated by witnesses. First responders gave him CPR and transported him to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators at the scene determined that Alexander had been sitting inside his car when another car, described as a Silver Honda or Acura, pulled up. Someone reportedly got out of that car and shot Alexander before fleeing the scene. Police say they also found a handgun in the victim’s car.

Springfield Police have dubbed this a gang related shooting, and Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet has ordered additional patrols in the Mason Square area of Springfield. These patrols will continue until further notice.

The Springfield Police Detective Bureau is investigating this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355 or simply “Text-a-Tip”.

Photo of victim, John Alexander

Photo of victim, John Alexander


  • WMassMom75

    If you’re going to post comments and expect to be taken seriously, using proper English and punctuation would really help. I sit here reading these comments from people who say how great Springfield is, and I can’t through the entire post because a) I can’t deal with the poor spelling and b) it’s one huge run-on sentence. If you want the rest of us to stop talking crap about your city, perhaps speaking and writing like you have half a brain would be a good start. Until then, all you do is reaffirm the belief that Springfield is full of uneducated criminals who don’t care one bit about working to make a better community. Stop expecting other people to make your life better, get off your a** and do something to make where you live better.

    • Na2013

      westernmassmom u know how stupid u sound talking all this nonesense get a job get off welfare myfb

  • berto

    LOL that’s messed up wmassmom what’s makes you so special

  • berto

    LOL that’s messed up wmassmom75 what’s makes you so special

  • crime

    Nice shot….

  • Sonny Parlin

    Crazy.

  • prlady39

    PEOPLE NEED TO GET A GRIP SERIOUSLY !!! CRIME IS CRIME !! ITS EVERYWHERE IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF US WHETHER YOUR GOOD OR BAD, YOU PEOPLE MAKING ALL THESE COMMENTS ABOUT SPRINGFIELD..CMON GET OVER YOURSELVES THIS IS STILL A YOUNG MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE ! CUZ SOME IDIOT DECIDED TO END IT!AND THEN ALL THE OTHER IDIOTS IN HERE HAVE NO DECENCY TO POST SOMETHING WORTH READING! MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

  • WMassMom75

    Hey Jeannie, could you please show me the news articles about all the other cities that have had an excessive amount of murders in the past two weeks? Since you say Springfield isn’t the only place with multiple murders in a very short period of time recently, I’d like to know where else in Massachusetts this has happened. I’m so sick of people from Springfield complaining about how nothing is being done to curb the violence, but none of them is willing to do anything but complain. Know who your neighbors are, start a neighborhood watch, protest in front of city hall, do something besides sit and wait for help that isn’t going to come.

  • mmejolie

    This young man was a classmate of my daughter and a former student of mine at Rebecca Johnson. I was just looking at a photo of his 2nd grade class. At the time he was a mischievous 7 year old with his whole life ahead of him. What choices brought him to this? He had an arrest record and was sitting in his car with a gun at 3 AM. It’s not the city of Springfield’s fault. It’s not the Springfield PD’s fault. We are all the products of the choices we make. To his family I offer my condolences. There’s no point in making comparisons with larger cities. WMassMom is right. Take back your neighborhoods, know your neighbors, don’t stay silent and decide to avenge John’s death or anyone else’s. Parents, love your kids enough to teach them right from wrong. If they still fall despite your best efforts, ask for help. I gave 28 years to Spfld. students and have seen a huge change. A sad change when I can name several former students who have died violently.

  • shawnm7

    @PR Lady….WTFU..This is same POS who was wanted by the SPD in Feb of this year for assault some guy(knockout his teeth out). He wanted to be a thug well karmas a b*tch. Your people who don’t work & live off EBT, sect. 8 housing have RUINED Spfld. Please go back to your island. NO MORE EBT FOR YOUR PEOPLE. Pajanmals…4-5 kids, non-english speaking cockroaches…FACT

  • berto

    FUCK YOU SHAWN YOU RACIST BITCH THERES A SHIT LOAD OF OTHER RACES ON THAT SHIT INCLUDING YOUR OWN KIND SO GO FUCK YOUR SELF

    • Na2013

      shawn just because u was rought up in the system and u cant get off it dont mean ur everyone is the same u so racis

  • ravenquota

    Shawnm7 needs to go back to his planet ignorANUS .. Your Such a looser ,all your post are exactly the same,are you like 15 or just a bitter,racist old man? FACT!

  • Y.U.T

    Kids looks familiar maybe I saw him at his job or something

  • bapone

    Not a race thing? Ha, prove us supposed “racists” wrong, I beg to differ, look at the facts you idiots!!! I laugh in your faces for sticking up for them! Fix it or shut up! Race card played, and well I might add! Now I allow you to hate on me, and begin!

  • 2nice4 u

    I actually agree with shawnm7 beacuse spfld is a sh..t hole. Its nasty ghetto ass ppl everywhere living off my pay checks cooking rice and bean for the whole block but yet they make enough time to run around town shooting ppl how about paying child support for the 30 kids u have its true go back to ur freakin island and stay there.o and by the way i bet he was wearing pj maybe he should of had a job so that he wudt get shot at 3am instead he wud of been tired sleeping at home like a normal person that actually works ………and dont asume im white cuz im not but facts are facts

  • spfldmom

    First of all, I would like to send my condolences out to Johns’ family because despite all the ignorance and hate that I’m reading this young man was a father, somebody’s son, and just like all of us human being. I’m totally disgusted with the crime and violence that’s plaguing the city of Spfld, but I’ll be damned to listen to people from suburban areas act as though only welfare, low income, and uneducated people reside in Spfld. Living in the suburbs don’t make you superior, you just deal with your coke sniffing, pill popping, oxycoton, meth using children behind close doors nonetheless, we all bleed red. Right? To the Spfld Community, we need to devise a plan of action to take back our streets, too many senseless murders, far too many grieve stricken families.

  • Na2013

    thank u spfld mom gladly apreciate ur concerns among all these sorry ass like shawn amd 2nice what ifit was ur son or daughter wwould u like all this nagativity

    • vinnie

      na2013, the negativity was the twenty two year old thug..the negativity was having a kid and still being a twenty two year old thug..the negativity was being out at three in the morning and not with his kid..the negativity was putting innocent people in danger on the street he was shot..and you wonder why people are negative

      • Na2013

        vinnie i understand all that and u got a point but turn it around
        and put it if i was on of urs which i pray this horrible of lossing a son dont reflect to n o one here would u like to be reading all this negativity on here for real he could of had a record he could of been the biggest g member the biggest whatever u want to call him but he was someone kids and i bet that mom love his son don’t matter who he was is all bout the respect to his family memers specially his mom and dad

  • Na2013

    I keep saying it don’t matter what the peoson did all it matters is that he was someone son some borther problaly a father who know think about what if it was ur kid

  • 2nice4 u

    Yeah its funny how everyone feels so freakin bad for this kid but yet no1 actually is thinking that he is a little wanna be gang banger that prob selling dope to ur kids so dont give me that sorry bulls..t

    • Na2013

      2nice4u u just mad cause he was serving u

  • 2nice4 u

    And im pretty dammm sure he was just sitting in his car at 3 am thinking about his kids dont give me that sh..t

  • bapone

    I’m calling the darn grammar police on you people! I imagine you’re what, 5 or 6 years old with that spelling? Smarten up! And no the suburbs aren’t any better, okay I’m lying, they are! You are correct though, we all bleed red, we are all equals, but you are spilling each other’s blood in that city, killing each other off, check out an oldy but goody movie Boys in the Hood, Lawrence Fishburne talks about this, you’re correct, you’d better devise a plan or I feel sorry for those of you in that city!

  • 2nice4 u

    Omg thank u vinnie cuz these ppl dont get it

  • spfldmom

    I don’t know this young man but i know some of his family members. I also seen his family and friends gather around the last place he took his final breaths of life and it was chilling. A sad and somber moment to see people hurt and in pain. The humanistic person that i am almost cried, my heart dropped because this young man lost his precious life. Life nobody had the right to take away. Despite his past, he deserved a future. It wasn’t negative to be out at 3am with a child at home, people are entitled to leisure time. Stop being judgemental. By the way it’s not you people it’s a few individiuals. So get it correct. Like i said suburbs don’t make you superior. You probably make less money than me, and house poor. What white collar crime or embezzlement are you into bapone? Since you people are into that sort of activity.

  • Nyrebel9

    It is difficult to have sympathy for the victim as the choices he made led to his demise. He chose to be out at 3am instead of spending time with his family or working to support his child; he chose to have a firearm at his side for protection from whom? Who did he anger that he needed a firearm? Did he have a license to own a firearm and was it bought legally? Why did he choose to sit in the car instead of going inside? Poor choices you make you make usually have poor endings. It is common knowledge that springfield has a high murder rate; why go out and take that chance? It’s all about choices ; choices that lead to either life or death. Apparently no one understands the old saying : “Nothing good happens after midnight”

  • prlady39

    @shawnm7…oh your acting your age just like your name shawn m7 youuu phuck king fawg
    wtfu do you know about anything go cook your meth in your home created lab!

  • prlady39

    Nobody knows the full detsils..so why all these assumptions if he had an arrest record or he was out at 3:00 am…andnot with his child ! i say to you” Phuck king stick your tongue where the sun dont shine! and stop judging this mn who died a violent death!

    • vinnie

      prlady, he had an arrest record..there was a previous article on this guy a year ago..his picture was posted for sucker punching a guy and breaking his jaw..the article also stated he had prior charges..

  • chino63

    I was born and raise in Springfield. I cant believe how this city has gone to hell. Now it`s not the law enforement`s fault or politicians. This is a public problem yea you! No one comes forward with leads. If someone stole your wallet and beat you up and can id the mugger then why would not do it. Its the trash thats infecting this city and the protection they get from getting justice. How you raise your kids, how you report crimes, how to not be intimated by street punks and your own kids. Stand up peoples. They are mass numbers of people who are decent and loving in Springfield. This is time to take this city back.

  • darkwave2013

    The city can only do so much. Stop blaming the city government, unless you want a police state. How about murdering a few of the two bit, two block drug dealers for starters?!!

  • 2nice4 u

    Na2013 ur real funny haha but im sure his parents are some crack heads and u prob live next door too them cuz im sure u live in some ghetto ass projects how about get a job and stop living off the system and stop defending these dumb ass ppl u just mad cuz u feel guilty cuz this little gang banger wanna be was prob outside ur house selling crack to u and u shud be nice to me since im the one providing for ur bum ass family

  • darkwave2013

    I am originally from Watershops, next to Six Corners. I blame all this violence on the Christian Right!!!! State money is being funneled away from programs and going to churches. Tune to WTCC 90.7 fm. It Gospel, Praise, and fag bashing! Not ONE student program. Conflict of interest? He’ll yeah! Should piss off any tax payer! Why is my tax dollars supporting a church? Where is the separation of church and state?
    And start snitching on people who have illegal guns. Stop being part of the problem.

  • darkwave2013

    2nice4 u
    Didn’t you read my last comment? I left Springfield because a heroin dealer threatened my father and mother with a gun for mowing the lawn IN THE afternoon! And my old neighborhood was full of junkies! The PR’s who were dealing were disrespectful! Real winners. Avalon Place was never like that when I was a kid. Forest Park neighborhood was AWESOME in the 70′s and 80′s.
    Your English is despicable and your morals are questionable. Go find find Jesus or Allah you twit. You are dumber than a box of rocks.

  • shanirv

    You know what I knew this young man.He was very respectful, very educated, as a matter a fact he wouldn’t even use foul launguage or allow anyone else to use foul language in my presence.He had his life problems as we all do, but he was a son, a father,& a friend.He definitely did NOT deserve to be murdered for any reason!Its a shame cowards run the streets of spfld.sneaking up on people &just using guns period all because they are too afraid to fight with their fists like real men if they feel the need to fight so badly! Weapons are for cowards and women who have to walk late at nite sad to say.wonder which one shot my friend? The coward? Or the woman?

  • berto

    Nazis

  • shawnm7

    @shanirv Yeah he was a real standup guy who was on “crime files” for sucker punching a guy & knocking the guys teeth out….yeah real gentlemen…at least he didn’t swear in front of you. WTFU.

  • shawnm7

    @prlady go back to your island & bring the rest of the new era hat wearing, ebt card loving, 4 kids by 2 different guys, pajanimals, non-english speaking, I get up at noon b/c I don’t work leeches with you.PLEASE.

  • Nyrebel9

    This is for prlady- you need to chill out!! The news stated what springfield police reported; that he was shot around 3 am. People are reacting to this negatively because he has a criminal history, he had a gun next to him and he was sitting in his car in the middle of the night. No one perceives him to be a victim of a random shooting, but rather an intended target. When his child gets older he is going to ask why was his father targeted and other questions. Was the young man a productive member of society? Did he provide financial and emotional support to his child? Did he make his family proud? Was he a role model for the child he fathered? Did he work full-time? Do volunteer work? Go to college? All criminals decide the course of their future by their choices and conduct. Their decision making is self-fulfilling motivated by anger, greed, control, and revenge. Their actions are a threat to the health, safety and welfare of a community. The laws are in place to discourage bad behavior so society does not disintegrate. People post comments on this space to express their opinions how the low-lifes impact the city. Prlady, start acting like a lady! You have some major anger issues that earns you no respect. You seriously could use some therapy as you scream for help and attention.

  • shanirv

    Untill u have been in his life or in his position stop judging him! Only God can judge him now! For all of u passing judgment on him take a look in the mirror one day at yourselves! Those who have nothing better to do then point out others mistakes are only tring to not focus on their own! So stop the neg.comments on my friend so his family doesn’t have to see your ignorance and go release the skeletons n Your own closets.I’m sure a lot of u must need your own grave yards by now ya think @shawnm7.trust not the first time I’ve seen your ignorant a $$ commenting on here and Im not the first person to call u out on it eigther.your stupidity that is.now go find a p#*n site to troll n leave the adult sites alone.

  • shanirv

    @shawn7 at least he used his fist when he hit that guy.he didn’t sneak up behind him with a gun and end his life! And he was NOT a big guy so I give him credit for havin the guts to hit the guy at all.maybe that guy had it comming! Cuz trust he wouldn’t have just done it for nothing! Like I said…I KNEW HIM!!! U OBVIOUSLY DID NOT!!! And u believe everything u read in the news lol that car wasnt even his eigther.so like I said leave the news sites to the grown ups who can differentiate. Bye bye lil boy.

  • Na2013

    so shawn who did u know the victim or the guy that killed him

  • berto

    You can kick and scream bitch and moan all you want Nobody’s go back any where were here to stay deal with it :-)

  • shanirv

    @Na2013 lol I like your comment.thank you.could not have said it better myself!

  • shanirv

    @berto I no we r all on this site by choice.but I have seen this mans comments b4 and trust they r NEVER close to being suttle.the families n friends of these dead young people read thease also.its called tact and he should get sum instead of hiding behind a screan name! Come on really shawnm7 what’s the 7 his age, I.q. or how many baby mama’s HE HAS! There I guess I just allowed myself to actually go there.trust ill regret it later.

  • shawnm7

    Folks these last several postings are why The City Of Springfield is DOOMED. EXHIBIT A.One EBTER STICKING FOR ANOTHER PAJANIMAL EBTER. A POS is Glorified.Good Day.