Providence police ID victims of double homicide


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police have released the names of two men who were shot and killed over the weekend as they continue to piece together what led up to the violence.

Abdoulaye Diallo, 24, of Woonsocket, and Abass Mbaye, 29, died at the hospital a short time after they were shot outside a house party on Cheshire Street around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Major David Lapatin said during a briefing Monday.

According to Lapatin, the preliminary investigation indicates Diallo, Mbaye and a friend of theirs had entered the party through a back door and an argument ensued when they were asked to leave. The fight spilled out into the street and that’s when several shots were fired.

Lapatin said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident and didn’t have anything to do with an ongoing conflict.

“They could’ve heard about the party and just showed up, or there was a third person with them, so that person could’ve known,” he said. “There’s still a lot of pieces to this puzzle that we have to put together.”

No suspects or arrests have been announced thus far. Lapatin said there were a lot of people outside when police arrived and as many as 10 were involved in the fight, so detectives are now going through videos and talking to witnesses.

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