NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A portion of the sidewalk along Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford is adorned with balloons and dozens of candles to honor a teenage boy killed there over the weekend.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Paul Collazo-Ruiz, 17, and a 20-year-old man were shot Saturday night near the intersection with Tallman Street.
Collazo-Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene, the DA’s office said, while the second victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where at last check he was listed in serious condition.
People throughout Sunday and Monday were seen stopping by the memorial to pay tribute to Collazo-Ruiz. Friends of his tell Eyewitness News he was a “funny guy with an infectious smile,” who was “always putting everyone before himself.” His family has set up a GoFundMe page.
Bruce Andrade, who’s lived in the area for nearly 40 years, said Collazo-Ruiz was a nice person with whom he often exchanged pleasantries.
“I felt so bad,” Andrade said. “It’s so sad, just 17 years old. You don’t even get a chance at life, that old.”
No arrests have been made thus far as police continue to investigate the shooting.