Woonsocket murder suspect had a violent past

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man will face a judge on Thursday, after being found by police in Dorchester.

Alvin Huggins, 31, allegedly stabbed and killed 28-year-old Yanira Flores, the mother of his two children, in her Woonsocket apartment on Willow Street late Tuesday night.

The family tells us that Flores’ two children were home when she was killed.

“There’s a significant impact when children witness domestic violence or experience trauma like that,” said Deb DeBare, from the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Not just in that point in time, but throughout their lifetime.”

Court papers indicate that Huggins was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for stabbing a man in the neck with a knife, slashing the victim from his left ear to below his jaw line.

The court papers also indicate that Flores gave a witness statement to the incident, saying she thought Huggins used a pocket knife to slash the victim’s face.

“You think back on when a relationship starts, it never starts as an abusive relationship,” said DeBare. “There’s a foundation of love or foundation of emotional connection.”

Huggins will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice in Boston Thursday.

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