Only on 10: Girlfriend of murder victim speaks out
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. —
Emotional and heartbroken, Richard Catalano's girlfriend tearfully shares her horror.
"All he got to say was 'I'm dying baby. I'm dying.' That's the last words I got to hear," she told NBC 10 Tuesday night.
Catalano's girlfriend did not want to reveal her identity, fearing for her safety as a witness.
She was in the same room as the murder victim at their house in North Providence when the gunman came in.
"The guy who came in, it was like he was on something. Just shooting. Who shoots? And says 'Where's the money?'" she said. "I saw him enter and I saw a gun and I just hid on the side of the bed with the puppies and tried not to let him see me and he saw me and he was about to shoot me but I got to crawl out just in time."
Catalano had been killed.
And his mother had been shot as police say she and her husband tried to stop the shooter. Catalano's mother is recovering at Rhode Island Hospital.
Police are accusing Dari Garcia, of Providence, of murder and say he shot himself in the face as police showed up at the house on Eliot Avenue overnight Sunday into Monday. He is also being treated at the hospital.
It's not the first time Garcia has been shot.
In February, a Providence police officer shot Garcia while responding to a domestic disturbance.
So why was Garcia allegedly at Catalano's house?
Catalano's girlfriend told NBC 10, "They came into the house to steal his sneakers. All over sneakers. What is this world coming to?"
Friends say Catalano collected expensive sneakers, and on Sunday was at a sneaker expo in Providence showing off some of them. They think someone noticed and followed him home.
North Providence police have said the home was targeted but not much more about a motive as they try to make the connection.
"It seems that it could be some kind of conflict between the two," Capt. Daniel Cennamo told NBC 10.
More than anything, Catalano's girlfriend is mourning her loss.
"I've been with him since the first day I met him. We haven't separated. This is the first time I've been alone without him. He's such a good person. He'll take care of anybody or anything," she said. "He was such a good person. He didn't deserve this."