Worcester police arrest suspect, ID victim in shooting that left 21-year-old woman dead

WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - A man is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with an early morning shooting in Worcester that claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman, officials said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting in the area of 15 Oread St. around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday found Suheill Ortiz inside an apartment building suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to Worcester police.

Ortiz was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Relatives of Ortiz said she was pregnant and drinking inside a second-floor apartment when she was accidentally shot by a man who took off.

Worcester police arrested Djarflo Irving, 37, of Worcester on charges of manslaughter, carrying a firearm without a license, and possession of ammunition without a license. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

The victim’s sister Zulemmi Ortiz was emotional and said, “She was a good person. Always nice.”

The building’s landlord told 7NEWS that the victim didn’t live at his property.

“It’s sad that somebody has to die,” Chris Valeri said. “I don’t want to see it happen at any of my properties.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Worcester police detectives at 508-799-8651

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