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The crime scene on Dwight Street. The crime scene on Dwight Street.
Kenneth Lopez was found dead in Springfield's North End neighborhood. (Source: SPD) Kenneth Lopez was found dead in Springfield's North End neighborhood. (Source: SPD)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield police have arrested the man they say shot and killed a teenager whose body was then left near Calhoun Park in the city's North End.

The Springfield Police Department Homicide Unit was called to investigate on March 25 after 18-year-old Kenneth Lopez was found shot dead. Detectives responded to 1470 Dwight St. after a homeowner found Lopez lying dead from single gunshot wound outside of the residence at about 10:30 a.m.

After a week-long investigation, detectives from the Major Crime Unit secured an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Lee Manuel Rios, of 196 Nursery St. in the Sullivan Apartments Complex, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.

“The Tactical Response Unit was called in to effectively and strategically make entry into the dwelling due to the potential danger upon entry going after a suspect wanted for Murder,” Delaney said.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, Springfield police entered the residence and arrested Rios and four other suspects.

Detectives found two loaded handguns, one of which was handguns was found in a child's room. Police also seized 16 grams of cocaine and marijuana that was packaged for sale along with drug paraphernalia, digital scales and packaging material.

Rios was charged with the following:

  • Murder
  • Armed robbery with a firearm
  • Carrying a firearm
  • Firearm used in a felony
  • Possession of ammunition
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a high capacity firearm
  • Possession of ammunition
  • Improper storage of a firearm
  • Improper storage of a high capacity firearm with a minor

Nelson Rios, 23, of 196 Nursery St., Springfield, Natalia Rivera, 21, of 79 Orchard St., Springfield and Maria Torres, 25, of 196 Nursery St., Springfield were charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a high capacity firearm
  • Possession of ammunition
  • Improper storage of a firearm
  • Improper storage of a high capacity firearm with a minor

“This investigation into the murder of Kenneth Lopez and the arrest of Lee Rios was the result of outstanding police work by all the officers involved,” Delaney said. “Police Commissioner John Barbieri also praised all of his officers that used great skills and professionalism during this murder investigation.”

All four suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Springfield District Court.

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