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Easter Sunday, Warm Weather & A Fatal Shooting Outside La Cava Is Why Lawrence Can’t Have Nice Things

Easter Sunday, Warm Weather & A Fatal Shooting Outside La Cava Is Why Lawrence Can’t Have Nice Things

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**Warning:  Disturbing and/or upsetting, graphic videos posted at the end of this article**


Two people were shot outside of La Cava in Lawrence on Sunday night. A Lowell woman has been pronounced dead and a young man remains injured but in stable condition.

La Cava, formally known as Marabu Cafe, is located at the intersection of Union and Methuen street, one street over from Essex street where Corpus Christi church was packed just hours earlier for Easter Sunday services.


There are still a ton of details that the Lawrence Police Department have yet to release to the public but I was able to go through some local Facebook threads and am still trying to piece together the information. Witnesses interviewed by investigators claim that there was a verbal altercation inside about 20 minutes before the shooting took place and it’s been confirmed that the two incidents were related. There was a white sedan that took off from Sweeney’s liquor store on Essex Street but it’s still uncertain if that person is related to the shooting. Honestly if I was hanging out, scoring a last minute bottle of booze and heard gunshots I’d be hauling ass out of there too. The two victims were taken to LGH and then med-flighted to Boston.


I will continue to update/edit information as the day goes on but if the photos above are in fact the two victims of the shooting, they are identified as Jazmin Patrocino of Lawrence (right) and Arita Padilla (left), also knows as Aracelys A Valdez De Leon although news reports have listed her name as Arielis Valdez.



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First things first let’s be clear on one thing. No matter what the circumstances or whether the argument inside prior to the shooting had anything to do with what happened outside, there is no reason for gunning someone down on the sidewalk. Period. These two people have families, friends and CHILDREN that they likely won’t be able to go home to ever again and it breaks my heart and infuriates me to no end.



I am so fucking sick and tired of watching the news everyday and seeing people murdered, robbed, beaten and overdosing in the streets of Lawrence and Methuen on a DAILY BASIS. Our streets and rivers are littered with syringes and yet I hear people say all the time that Lawrence “isn’t that bad” and try to downplay what goes on in broad daylight. Let’s get real. Lawrence IS that bad. So bad, in fact, that it’s landed itself in the top 100 most dangerous cities in the United States more often than not over the past 10 years. Why people choose to deny this fact is beyond me but apparently they aren’t watching the same news stations and reading the same newspapers as I am.



The shooting on Sunday night is the second shooting that happened in Lawtown over the weekend. At 2 a.m. on Saturday police were called to the area of Lowell Street/Broadway after a Revere man was shot multiple times outside of a club. Police are searching through surveillance footage in order to try to ID the shooter(s) but the man suffered fatal injuries. He has been identified as Abdul Lopez of Lowell.

There was a shooting on Park Street on Friday. Two women were victims of a drive-by on March 25th, An 18 year old was shot and killed on Forest Street on March 8th. Another man was gunned down on Trinity Street on February 16th.

I see drug arrests plastered all over the Eagle Tribune every single day and we aren’t talking small quantities. This isn’t scoring a couple of Adderall to cram for midterms or getting hooked up with a few hits of ecstasy to take when you go see Dead & Company at Fenway when your stoner cousins come home from UNH. We’re talking $1.2MIL worth of fentanyl seized on the Lawrence/Methuen line, trafficked in from New York in January. We’re talking 3 Kilos/$4MIL of heroin being intercepted after it was packed into furniture in Mexico, received in N.Y. and hidden with fox urine in a glove-box en route to MA in March. We’re talking 180 people being arrested in one drug sweep alone.


The list goes on and on and on..

If you can honestly sit back and say that Lawrence isn’t 90% shithole you’ve been drinking dirty river water or licking paint off the walls of an ancient triple decker and you better run your ass to Express Care and get your lead/mercury levels tested.


My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the two people who were ruthlessly and senselessly gunned down earlier. We need to start coming together as a community and stop turning a blind eye to the crime being committed right under our noses everyday. You want change? Act. If you see someone selling drugs, neglecting their kids, stealing, etc. CALL THE FUCKING POLICE.

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I wish I had an enlightening, feasible solution to the problems going on but I feel as though Lawrence has been a dump for so long that it’s almost like everyone just accepts it at this point. I get it. It’s almost impossible to imagine it REALLY being cleaned up and not just managed(ish). Before people from this area start ragging on me and getting all butthurt please know that I love living in the MV. I’ve been here almost my entire life. However, people need to step it up, be better parents and raise kids who aspire to go further in life than graduating from The Voke and earning side money chopping cars and stealing rims. We don’t need any more convenience stores, barber shops, hair salons and hole in the wall bars either. Let’s face it, there’s no goddamn sense in passing the torch to the next generation if the torch is unlit or being used solely to smoke crack outside of Los Tigres.







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25 Comment(s)
  • Dom
    April 25, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    To whoever has been talking shit about DOMINICANS GO FUCK YOURSELF.

  • Publius
    April 18, 2017 at 1:12 am

    A sad ending. Face down on cold wet dirty pavement with the last conscious words you here ratchetness. And true dopes grabbing some cheap video and you gurgle your last breath.

    • LLC
      April 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      But…but….they tried to help her!

      Trying to help her = fixing her hair.


      Finally…some brain surgeon says (after 3 mins) “flip her over”. (There’s a longer version of the video) Smartest guy in the herd.

  • Chip Striker
    April 18, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Good news is two more are dead. They love to shoot each other, problem is they’re doing it on our streets. Go back to your shithole homeland and blow each other up.

    Thats one big fat dead ghetto booty though…I bet the homeboys are gonna miss tappin that!

  • Timothy Bizznelli
    April 17, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Honestly, I support invoking martial law. US forces should occupy these mill towns and begin sorting out who is a true American patriot and who isn’t. Liberal chucklef*ckers can either submit to reindoctrination or they can be flown out to Canada, and all criminals can be jailed and have their habeas corpus suspended. My years as a security safety officer with Allied Bartlett and now for a private in-house company have taught me that an Apache-style resistance works best: no quarter, no prisoners, take scalps. Working in a large Boston hospital (West End – you know the place), we used to thrash these bums left and right, letting every section 8 Billy Badass and Tommy Toughguy feel the full fury of the fighting night shift squadron. Once I slapped an iced coffee out of the hand of some chin strap crack addicted patient and said, “Hey freak, my tax dollars bought that coffee. The Good Lord giveth and he taketh away.” The butthead acrually started weeping. The point is that these maggots may call us homo rent-a-cops but we stand up to them and so should the rest of America.

    • Nonya
      April 22, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Watch out everyone, tough guy, coming through.

  • Mirth Merriment
    April 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I suffer from SCF (severe compassion fatigue)!
    This is a criminal community slaughtering itself!
    The first action needed is to incarcerate and remove from our society all illegal aliens! Then, we can talk.

  • Lawrence under seige
    April 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I spend most of my work week in Lawrence. I had a night club owner recently blame ME for his business slowing down, saying Trump was ‘my fault’ as a Caucasian. He was losing business from the Central American community. Said they were “scared”. First, I didn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary. Second, maybe your fellow Dominicans are scaring them with shootings EVERY NIGHT. Anyways, fuck that guy forever. Lawrence is hell on earth which is a shame because alot of the WORKING people are earnest and fed up as well.
    Except for that guy. According to him it’s my fault.

    • Joe Sacamano
      April 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      I HOPE its Trump’s credit, not fault.

  • Maggie the Cat
    April 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Somebody needs to dump about 2,000 lbs. worth of birth control pills in the municipal water supply.

    • BobnMic
      April 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Hi Maggie, long time no see. Your comment was so funny I think I pissed myself again lol. Do you want to get a private chatroom Darlin’?

    • Mirth Merriment
      April 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm


  • Publius
    April 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    These shootings are a cultural thing and since politicians and the media seem to offer nothing but excuses it will continue.

    • Mirth Merriment
      April 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm


  • Its all fixed
    April 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Worcester can’t have nice things either, check out yet another B&E/home invasion/shooting by a super-regular of the courthouse records. Arrests aren’t working out for him. Have. To. Ask. Why?

  • Ratchet Talk
    April 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Those fucking Irish are always acting up!

    • Mirth Merriment
      April 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm


    • davidm
      April 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

      nah, the irish and Italians passed the tourch to Dominicans and Ricans, they runned organize crime for far too long, gotta give other’s a chance in this American Dream.

  • Noseface
    April 17, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Watch that video, what country is this? Not for nothing, but the solution is to get all these Dominican waste products the fuck out of here, let them go back to ruining their own country. This shit is maddening to watch.

    • Julio
      April 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Dam right brother my home town has come to b a murder city n that’s crazy. I say that they should ship, deportation these people back to their country.

    • Mirth Merriment
      April 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm


    • Mirth Merriment
      April 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm


      • davidm
        April 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

        said the native americans, never happened.

    • Timmy Bizz
      April 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      You know the suspects are of Dominican descent? As far as I know, specifically the last three shootings, because I’m too lazy to lookup the rest, the suspects are I identified. So, if you know for a fact they are Dominican, that means you know who they are, and if I’m correct, with holding information from a crime is in itself, a crime. I’m Caucasian by the way but it seems to me we’ve got ourselves a case of a salty Boriqua over here. Better yet, just back into your Honda with the “Ponce” license plate so proudly displayed on the dash and go back to the country you love so deeply, yet never stood foot in. You can thank your ancestors for being Puerto Rican, because obviously you’re doing them a disservice for being so blind and hypocritical of another nationality without having any facts to back it up.

    • angelo dd
      April 19, 2017 at 6:05 am

      You fucking ASS HOLE. We pay fucking taxes We do the fucking the job you don’t want to do. ASS HOLE. FUCK YOU ALL.

      Did you Forget
      Sandy Hook
      . sandy hook. aurora.
      mass murders by white people
      And you said we should go back to our Contry

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