Walter DaSilva Indicted on Murder and Firearm Charges Connected to July Homicide of His Daughter in New Bedford

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney



Press Release

October 3, 2016



Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today that 45-year-old Walter DaSilva has been indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury in connection to the July 3 slaying of his 19-year-old daughter, Sabrina DaSilva.


The grand jury on Friday returned three indictments against Mr. DaSilva, charg8ing him in Superior Court with murder, carrying an illegal firearm and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.


A Superior Court arraignment date has yet to be scheduled by the court.


The defendant is currently being held without bail after being arraigned in New Bedford District Court last month.


Mr. DaSilva, formerly of Danbury, CT.,  was arrested in early August by US Marshall’s in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


It is alleged that Mr. DaSilva shot Ms. DaSilva multiple times, resulting in her death.


On July 3 at around 10:10 p.m., New Bedford Police received several 911 calls regarding a female shooting victim  in the area of 9 Bedford Street.


When first responders arrived on scene, they found the victim, 19-year-old Sabrina DaSilva, laying in the parking lot of 9 Bedford Street suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, who resided in an apartment at 9 Bedford Street, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.


The ongoing investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorneys Dennis Collins, Carolyn Morrissette and Robert Digiantomaso.





Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications