Vermont shooting victim identified as Western Massachusetts teen

In the latest set of tragic and sad news, it appears the gunshot victim found last week in Vermont has finally been identified as a teenager from western Massachusetts.

It seems that lately people are experiencing these crazy situations more and more where someone they know personally loses their life due to a tragic accident or some form of criminal activity. And it is perhaps even more terrible when that person dies at a young age.

If you follow the news from one of our neighboring states, you may be aware of an incident that police say happened late Wednesday night last week in Danby, Vermont.

A victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest was found early Thursday morning and he has now been identified as Isaiah Rodriguez, 17, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Vermont State Police released a statement to the media that stitched up some details, but they made it clear that the matter was still under investigation. The shooting is believed, according to Vermont State Police, to have taken place Wednesday evening, February 2, between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Police also confirmed that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds to Rodriguez’s torso. The incident was determined to be a homicide.

Law enforcement officials would like to speak to anyone who was in the Danby Mountain Road area (where Rodriguez’s body was found) at the time of the incident and who notices anything unusual.

Those with something to report can contact the Vermont State Police through their Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101. If you wish to remain anonymous, visit http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit online.

For more on the story, please visit the Vermont State Police press releases page here.

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