Several Charged in Connection to March 20th Fall River Homicide

Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn and Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine today announced that murder charges were filed against two individuals connected to the March 20th Fall River homicide of 20-year-old Anthony Carvalho.

This morning, criminal complaints were filed in Fall River District Court charging Kevin Lara, 19, of 119 Tremont Street and Tavon Pires, 17, of 247 Eastern Avenue with murder, assault and battery by means of a firearm, armed assault with intent to rob, carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and carrying a firearm after a prior violent conviction.

Mr. Pires was arraigned today in Fall River District Court and was ordered held without bail. He is due back in court June 12th for a pretrial hearing.

Mr. Lara will be arraigned in Fall River District Court tomorrow morning.

On Friday, March 20, 2015, at 7:45 pm, Fall River Police Officers responded to several 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Whipple and Manton Streets in Fall River. One of the 911 callers reported that the shooters were three males dressed in black who were on Whipple Street heading towards Osborn Street.

Additional 911 calls reported that a person was down at the intersection of Osborn and Ridge Streets behind St. Anne’s Hospital. Upon arrival, officers located Mr. Carvalho, who was suffering from multiple gunshots wounds. Carvalho was treated on scene by Fall River Fire Department rescue and rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

During the past five weeks, Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane has been coordinating an exhaustive investigation, which has been conducted by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to District Attorney Quinn’s office and members of the Fall River Police Department. Specifically, Fall River Detectives Lawrence Ferreira and Nelson Souza should be commended for their work on this case.

“We are very pleased to have brought murder charges in this case. This was a brazen homicide, which rattled an entire neighborhood,” District Attorney Quinn said. “We are hopeful that a strong message has been sent that by working cooperatively with one another, law enforcement in Bristol County continues to show that violent crimes in our communities will be solved and prosecuted vigorously.”

During the course of the extensive investigation into the homicide, several individuals have been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from obstructing justice/misleading to being accessories to the murder. A full list of those charged in connection to this investigation.

Other Arrests during investigation:

Mickey Rivera, 19, homeless
Arrested 3-27-15
$25K bail = Witness Intimidation (Misleading)
$50K bail= Accessory After (Murder)
Next date 4-28-15

Courtney Furtado, 20, of 57 Kay Street
Arrested 4-3-15
$2500 bail
Witness Intimidation (Misleading)
Next date is 7-13-15

BORRISA GERMAN, 20, of 287 Hartwell Street
Arrested 4-15-15
$7500 Bail
Witness Intimidation (Misleading)
Next date is 5-12-15 for PTC

Billy Dixon, 19, of 45 Whipple Street
Arrested 4-21-15
$20K bail
Witness Intimidation (Misleading)
Next date is 5-18-15 for PTC

A juvenile male with Accessory After the Fact.


Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications