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Fall River man killed in shooting remembered as family man who turned his life around



A Fall River man who died after injuries sustained in a late-night shooting on Monday is being remembered by his loved ones.

According to those who knew him, 29-year-old Derek Pires had recently turned his life around.

Pires’ fiancée and mother of his youngest child, a 2 1/2-year-old boy, told Fall River Reporter that since his son had been born, Pires had become a family man to be a good dad and set a good example.

Pires’ also leaves behind 8 and 9-year-old daughters.

According to Gregg Miliote of the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, just after 10:45 p.m. on Monday, New Bedford Police were notified that the Shot Spotter system detected shots fired in the area of Dartmouth Street at Dunbar Street.

Responding officers located Pires sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Dodge Charger parked on the south side of Dunbar Street.

The victim had sustained gunshots wounds and was rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. He was the sole occupant in the vehicle.

Homicide Unit prosecutors, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office and New Bedford Police are actively investigating. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information about the facts of the case were released.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are urged to call 508-991-6300 or to utilize the New Bedford Police Anonymous Tip Line at 508 961-4584.



  1. Doodle

    March 15, 2023 at 10:04 am

    How come when these people are killed, we always hear about how they were “turning their lives around”?

    Maybe he would be alive if he were at work or home with his children and not sitting in a car in a high-crime area. Maybe instead of wasting money on face tattoos, he should have enrolled in college or trade school.

    Another wasted live. Very sad, but not surprising.

    • The

      March 15, 2023 at 12:40 pm

      Yes. It always seems that way doesn’t it. It is the all saint hood club once deceased.

    • dr david

      March 15, 2023 at 10:55 pm

      because Hoodrats are gonna Hoodrat … its bred into them

    • Devin

      March 16, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Stop comment rude s*** about him

  2. Wence

    March 15, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    The guy was a gang leader with open drug trafficking cases from just this year. What a ridiculous article.

  3. D v s

    March 16, 2023 at 7:08 am

    You guys are effin scumbags commenting on someone you have no idea about. Douchebags that hide online and make uneducated statements . P**** b******!

  4. Dan costa

    March 16, 2023 at 7:10 am

    You guys are effin scumbags commenting on someone you have no idea about. Douchebags that hide online and make uneducated statements . P**** b******!

  5. dr david

    March 16, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Actually, we do have an ‘idea’ or concept of who Mr. Pires was. We know him by the ‘fruit’ of his life.
    Mr Pires CHOSE to be a drug-dealing gang member as if growing up in Bristol County is the same as being born into the slums of Port au Prince (Haiti for all you recent Durfee Graduates).
    Mr Pires kept making poor choices from the first poor choice he ever made and became a burden on the Community, himself, whatever family he had and certainly on the offspring he created.
    He became a Hoodrat and died like a Hoodrat. Sad but True .. and a cautionary tale to all the other Hoodrats who just as Mr Pires chose to do … will not follow society’s rules and make themselves their own God.

    • Me

      March 16, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      You people are commenting hood rats blah blah blah and know nothing about this man at all he was one of those people that wanted nothing but the best for others and would help anyone that needed it had a heart of gold and because he got killed by a gun he’s a hood rat and a bad person grow up and stop being nosy in all the news around and opening your mouths when you know nothing!!

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