New Bedford family still searching for answers in son’s murder 10 years later

The unresolved case has left them unable to move on.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The Vasconcellos family of New Bedford wonders if they’ll ever get closure, as they come up on the tenth anniversary of their son’s murder, with no one arrested for his killing.

Paul Vasconcellos carries posters of his son, Paul Vasconcellos II, with him when he travels and whenever he goes back to Rochester, N.Y.

“Maybe people are sick of seeing it,” said Vasconcellos. “I don’t care.”

Rochester is where Vasconcellos II was gunned down outside his home in October of 2010.

His parents, Paul and Mary Jane, who still live in New Bedford, spoke with him earlier that night.

“And I said, ‘Paul, love you, God bless.’ And he said ‘Mom, love you, God bless,” said Mary Jane.

“Two or three o’clock in the morning the doorbell rang and it was New Bedford police,” recalled Paul.

Ten years later, the Vasconcellos still don’t have any answers. They say they never hear from Rochester Police. They hired a private investigator at one point, but that turned up nothing.

The unresolved case has left them unable to move on.

“I don’t know if they’ll ever be closure because there’s always someone missing from our family,” said Mary Jane.

Vasconcellos II would have turned 50 this year.

His parents tell ABC 6 they feel the case has been put on the shelf at the Rochester, N.Y. Police Department.

“We just want to say, if there is someone out there that knows a little information, a little information will go a long way because we’re still in limbo,” said Mary Jane.

ABC 6 reached out to police in Rochester to see if there was any new information or comment but did not hear back.

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