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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The weekend is off to a violent and deadly start in Springfield. Police detectives are investigating a grisly murder in the city's South End. It happened at about 5 o'clock Friday night behind 258 Locust Street.
Police said the victim was shot in the face at close range. Springfield Police Detective Captain Robert McFarlin told 22News the victim is a 31-year-old former Springfield resident.
Captain McFarlin said the man had just returned from Puerto Rico Thursday night to stay with family. McFarlin said the man's family does not live in the neighborhood where the murder took place.
Springfield police are appealing to the public to determine why the victim was on Locust Street, and who was with him. Captain McFarlin said investigators are actively following several leads.
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