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.


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