Police: Jealousy was motive of New Bedford murder

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The man accused of taking his own daughter’s life in New Bedford was motivated by jealousy, according to prosecutors.

DaSilva admitted to killing his daughter, 19-year-old Sabrina DaSilva, according to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News. He explained he was angry that she was dating a man in his 50s.

DaSilva’s pastor was also referenced in the documents. He said DaSilva, “was recently very upset that his daughter was spending more time with her boyfriend than giving him any attention.”

The father and daughter had just reconnected after years apart, officials said. The two apparently had a pleasant relationship before DaSilva found out about his daughter’s boyfriend and grew angry.

According to the documents, DaSilva first arrived in New Bedford to do more harm than he accomplished.

“He stated he initially came down to New Bedford to kill Sabrina and her older lover and he even thought of killing the mother but then decided on Sabrina so both could go to hell as a result,” the documents stated.

Sabrina DaSilva was found shot nine times outside her apartment building in early July. Her father was charged with murder on Monday.

Beyond DaSilva admitting to the crime, prosecutors cited a list of physical evidence.

Massachusetts State Police say they have surveillance video showing the fatal encounter between DaSilva and his daughter on Bedford Street. While you cannot see his face, State Police say the height and sneakers match that of the 45-year-old.

Court documents show that cell phone records also place him in the area.

Police said they also found a potential murder weapon, a nine-millimeter handgun that was found in DaSilva’s attic. DaSilva stated that was the gun his used to commit the murder.

The affidavit said DaSilva had tried to kill the entire family once before. He was charged with the attempted murder of Sabrina’s mother 14 years ago.

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