BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - The suspect in Wednesday’s homicide in Brockton has been identified as 56-year-old Joao Correia, according to Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz.

Cruz said Correia is in custody and in critical condition at a hospital. The DA referred to the homicide as the result of a stabbing.

Originally posted at 2:57 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2

State and local police are looking for a suspect after a woman was found dead at a home in Brockton Wednesday.

Brockton Police said a homicide investigation was launched after officers responded to a report of an unconscious person on 342 Crescent Street around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim, Veronica Goncalves, 48, was found dead in her driveway after suffering what officials described as “obvious head trauma.”

A nephew of Goncalves told 7NEWS the victim had just driven home with her two-year-old granddaughter in the car before she was attacked. He said the child is safe, but that his family is now desperate for answers.

“She was a very hard-working, independent, strong-minded woman – always looking out for her kids,” said Pedro Rosario. “(She was) very loved and as you can see, there’s people here, neighbors, not only family, but a lot of neighbors, friends are here as well, supporting us. So she was a very well-rounded woman. And of course, a lot of us, I am still so shocked to see exactly what happened.”

Authorities said they do not believe the attack was a random act of violence. In a news conference, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said there have been no arrests yet in the case, though no threat was posed to the public as the investigation continues.

“I’ll tell you that there was a relationship between the two, so that’s what we’re working on right now,” Cruz said.

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