Nightclub double homicide suspect arrested, fate of Fuego Lounge up in air

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Authorities confirm to ABC6 an arrest was made Wednesday in a double homicide that occurred outside Fuego Lounge.

Miguel Lacourt, 36, was arrested without incident during a car stop on West Bound Court in Johnston.

He is charged with two counts of murder for the death of 27-year-old Mario Diaz of Boston and 29-year-old Kerwins Pimental of Mattapan. Police said at the time, the violence stemmed from a fight between a Boston and Providence group.

“You have the Boston, Rhode Island thing and they don’t get along. Then all the rif-raf starts, people get hurt, people get killed,” One resident said. “We don’t want that in our community.”

The double homicide marked the fourteenth and fifteenth killing in Providence this year. The Fuego Lounge was shut down by the Board of Licenses for 72 hours following the shooting.

“I’ve got grandsons and great-grandsons that come to my house and want to ride their bike and I can’t do that. I’m afraid to walk in the street already.”

Residents in the area told ABC 6 News they want the club shut down. It’s one of many shootings that have happened there over the past year. Back in March, one man was killed in an overnight shooting after leaving Fuego Lounge and heading to an after-party. In August of 2020, the club was temporarily shut down after an overnight shooting.

Lacourt was held without bail at his arraignment Thursday in Providence District Court is due back next week for a status conference.

The Providence Board of Licenses will once again decide if the club should continue to operate on Friday.

This is a developing story.

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