Victim’s family speaks out after New Bedford double shooting

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The suspect in a New Bedford double shooting appeared in court, and pleaded not guilty, on Monday.

The judge ordered him to be held without bail.

18-year-old Jon Zell is accused of shooting and killing 40-year-old Angel Cruz on Friday morning.

“Good grandfather, good husband… I’m sorry,” Cruz’s tearful wife, Wanda Figueroa, said.

Cruz’s family members tell ABC 6 News that Cruz was working on cars, when he and another man were shot on Lafrance Court.

“[The shooting suspect] took somebody away from us, you know, hopefully he can find forgiveness for himself for doing that,” Orvil Sanchez, Cruz’s step-daughter’s fiancé, said.

Cruz later died at the hospital, while the other shooting victim tried driving himself to the hospital after the shooting and crashed an SUV. He’s still recovering at the hospital, according to county prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Cruz’s family is trying to come up with the money to pay for Cruz’s funeral after his untimely death.

“Completely random,” Sanchez said. “It’s unexplainable, you know it’s horrible the way he passed away and it just hurts us, you know, we’re trying to stay together as a family.”

Click here to help Cruz’s family pay for Cruz’s funeral.

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