Murder Charges Issued Against Defendant Connected to Last Week’s Double-Homicide in Fall River

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
May 27, 2021

Charges against an 18-year-old Fall River man already in custody in connection to last Tuesday’s double-homicide were upgraded to murder this morning, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

A new criminal complaint charging Jeremy Holmes with two counts of murder and one count of assault and battery by means of a firearm was filed in Fall River District Court late this morning.  The defendant is also still charged with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm, and unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm.

A previously scheduled 2 pm dangerousness hearing today has now been cancelled and the defendant will instead be briefly arraigned on the new charges this afternoon in Fall River District Court.  Due to court-imposed Covid-19 restrictions, limited seating will be available in the courtroom. ​ A district court judge this morning has already ordered reports on the facts of the ongoing investigation into the totality of the incident outside Griffin Park to be impounded.

Jeremy Holmes was taken into custody without incident last Friday night around 8:15 at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Burlington.  Mr. Holmes was arrested by members of District Attorney Quinn’s State Police Detective Unit, Fall River Police, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitives Apprehension Section and Burlington Police. 

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office, Homicide Unit prosecutors and Fall River Police, continue to actively investigate the incident.

Fall River Police received 911 calls around 4:22 pm last Tuesday to report shots fired in the vicinity of Griffin Park.  When first responders arrived on scene, they located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The two victims, Jovaughn Antonio Mills, 29, of Fall River and Miguel Sanjurjo, 14, of Fall River, were rushed to Saint Anne’s Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital respectively.  Both victims were declared deceased by emergency room physicians.

The third male shooting victim, 19, of Fall River, was transported to Saint Anne’s Hospital via a private vehicle.  This victim was then transported to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment. and is expected to recover.

A second defendant connected to the incident, Dana Mazyck, 21, of Fall River, was apprehended on May 25 in Fall River by members of District Attorney Quinn’s Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit and Fall River Police detectives.  He is charged with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Mr. Mazyck briefly appeared in Fall River District Court Tuesday and was ordered held in jail pending the results of a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled to occur next Wednesday. 

“I want to thank investigators and prosecutors from Fall River Police and from our office for their tireless effort in investigating these very violent and tragic deaths.  Their hard work has now led to murder charges against this defendant and firearm charges against a second defendant. The facts of this case are very disturbing and tragic, especially since it involves very young individuals,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “It is particularly concerning that residents of the Corky Row section of Fall River cannot feel secure in their own neighborhood at 4:00 in the afternoon, and were subjected to multiple rounds of gunfire that took two lives and injured a third person. Given the time of day and the number of people in the park, it is very fortunate that more people were not killed or injured. The investigation is ongoing.​”

The investigation remains extremely active and ongoing, and no further information can be disseminated at this time.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications