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New Bedford murder suspect Alexis Silva and victim Reynaldo Pena

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A man suspected of shooting and killing another man in New Bedford last year is now in custody.

Alexis Silva, 36, has been wanted since November for the murder of Reynaldo Peña. On Tuesday, he turned himself in at Fall River Superior Court.

Silva was immediately arraigned on a 5-count indictment including murder, gun and drug charges. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be held without bail.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Digiantomaso said in court that prosecutors have surveillance video of Peña getting shot as he exited his car on Malden Street. The shots came from a white Lexus, Digiantomaso said.

Peña, 23, later died at the hospital. Silva was identified as a suspect about 10 days after the shooting.

Digiantomaso said police identified Silva using surveillance cameras to track the white Lexus, which drove to Silva’s address on Bank Street after the shooting. Digiantomaso said Silva was seen on video going in and out of the car several times and rummaging through it. Multiple eyewitnesses identified him as the driver of the car.

Police got a search warrant for the car, and while they didn’t recover the firearm, they found gunshot residue inside the vehicle.

Digiantomaso declined to comment on a possible motive for the murder.

Peña’s mother, Carmen Torres, told Eyewitness News on Tuesday she was happy her son’s alleged killer was off the street, describing him in Spanish as a “dangerous person.” 

She said Peña would have turned 24 last week. He was training to be a ship captain at the time of his death.

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