Three indicted in connection with Christine Ferreira murder

Victim's body was found at Route 6 rest area on September 19, 2015

A Barnstable County Grand Jury has indicted three people in connection with the murder of a Hyannis woman. According to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office, the indictments were returned against 25-year-old Denzel Chisholm of Yarmouth, 29-year-old Shannell K. Chisholm of Mashpee and 30-year-old Tyrone A. Gomes of Hyannis.

On September 19, 2015, a passerby found the body of 30-year-old Christine Ferreira of Hyannis in the eastbound rest area on Route 6 between Exits 6 and 7. Ferreira had been shot and stabbed multiple times, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe. Investigators believe Denzel Chisolm ordered Ferreira's murder as payback for testifying against another member of the Nauti street gang in 2011.

Denzel Chisholm, Shannell Chisholm--Denzel's sister--and Tyrone Gomes were all arrested during a widespread multi-agency drug trafficking raid on Cape Cod on April 5 and charged with first degree murder.

On Friday, District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced the following indictments:

  • Denzel Chisholm: murder, intimidation of a witness, kidnapping use of a firearm/dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, conspiracy, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon with serious injury, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without a license (subsequent offense) and armed career criminal
  • Shannell Chisholm: murder, kidnapping, intimidation of a witness and conspiracy
  • Tyrone Gomes: murder, kidnapping, intimidation of a witness and conspiracy

The investigation into Ferreira's murder by Barnstable police and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office continues. All three defendants will be arrainged in Barnstable Superior Court in the coming weeks, the DA said. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on