North Providence man arrested, charged in deadly stabbing


NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A North Providence man faces a murder charge in connection with a deadly stabbing that took place Wednesday night, according to North Providence Police Chief Alfred Ruggiero.

Mark Santilli, 59, is accused of killing Torrezz Lumpkins, 29, at a home on Smithfield Road.

Courtesy: Thomas Lumpkins

Ruggiero said officers responded to the home around 7:45 p.m. for a reported disturbance and arrived to find Lumpkins suffering from a severe injury to his neck.

Lumpkins was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died.

Ruggiero said that while the incident remains under investigation, it wasn’t a random act of violence since the two men knew each other.

Lumpkins’ brother Thomas described him as a good man who “loved hard.”

“My brother was a tough dude. We had a rough upbringing,” Thomas said.  “He was a protector, and if he loved you, then he was going to go to bat for you to the furthest extent to make sure that you were good. Whether that was with fighting for you, whether that was arguing for you or whether that was giving you the shirt off his back. That’s just just the type of person he was.”

Mark Santilli (Courtesy: North Providence Police Department)

Thomas, who works as an outreach specialist for the Nonviolence Institute, said he was notified about the stabbing before he even knew that victim was his younger brother.

“By the time I got there, he’d already passed,” Thomas recalled. “For this to hit home, this close … it’s devastating.”

When it comes to the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death, Thomas said his family was only told that it was a domestic incident.

“Right now, I don’t know anything,” Thomas said. “I know someone has been arrested and charged, I don’t know about the events that led up to the attack … I’m in the dark.”

Thomas said his brother’s death has shaken his family to the core, especially his mother.

“This is a tragedy. My mother is in pain,” Thomas said. “It’s just a lot, you know? You don’t plan for these things to happen … I hope that everyone just prays for my family.”

Right now, Thomas said his family is trying to connect the dots as to what happened, while also planning Torrezz’s funeral.

“I just want everyone to know who he was as a person,” Thomas said. “Not his flaws, not his demons, but what made him a great person, and that was the fact that he loved … he loved hard and he fought for everybody that he loved.”

Santilli was ordered held without bail during his arraignment Thursday.

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