Sources: New Bedford teenager kills sister's former boyfriend

Sixteen-year-old David Lima was ordered held without bail during his arraignment Friday morning in New Bedford District Court for the March 15th homicide of Jonas Trinidad Jr. in New Bedford.

A New Bedford teenager killed his sister's former boyfriend, multiple law enforcement sources told NBC 10 News.

The Bristol County District Attorney's office announced the arrest of 16-year-old David Lima Thursday.

Lima is accused of shooting 20-year-old Jonas Trinidad Jr. in broad daylight Wednesday morning.

NBC 10 spoke with Trinidad's brother, and multiple friends Wednesday, who claimed the victim had an on-again-off-again relationship with the defendant's sister.

A spokesman for the DA's office, however, said no one else had been charged in connection with the crime.

Police said the shooting happened sometime around 11 a.m. near the corner of Matthew and Bank Street.

Witnesses told police they heard two to three gunshots. Trinidad later died at St. Luke's Hospital.

Soon after, a dramatic scene played out in the neighborhood, when police believed the suspect was held up inside his residence.

Police cordoned off the area, and sent a SWAT team storming into the home, but did not find the suspect.

New Bedford Police Lieutenant Amos Melo said a gun was recovered from the area, but could not confirm whether it was linked to the shooting.

State Police returned to the scene Thursday win a metal detector, in an apparent search for additional evidence.

The victim's brother also came to the scene Wednesday to light a candle, but declined comment out of respect for other family members.

However, Edwin Rosado said his friend's life was cut short far too soon.

"I feel bad for his family and his grandmother – stuff like that," he said. “They don’t deserve that, you know what I’m saying? I don’t think anybody deserves this.”

Trinidad's former neighbors also told NBC 10 that friends set up a makeshift memorial near his former residence on North Front Street.

Balloon tags for visible that read: "R.I.P." and "Jonny." Another said: "Te Amo lil Primo", which roughly translates to "I love you, little cousin."

Authorities said the defendant will be arraigned in New Bedford District Court Friday.

The murder is the city's second this year. There were three murders in New Bedford in 2016.

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