BROCKTON — In Matias Andrade’s house off Grove Street, friends and family quietly mourned in shadows Tuesday. The curtains were drawn. The room was dark.
Andrade, 38, was dead. So was his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend, Eugenia Gomes Monteiro. Authorities had been searching for Andrade since Monday, when his former girlfriend was discovered with a fatal shot to the head. Investigators suspected Andrade.
At a press conference Tuesday, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said police received a phone call at 5:30 p.m. from a family member concerned because the young woman had not picked up her child from school.
Half an hour later, relatives found her body and called 911. Police said one bullet casing was found at the scene. It was the first homicide of the year in Brockton.
About five hours after that, authorities found Andrade’s body after State Police detectives picked up a signal on Andrade’s cellphone. The Massachusetts State Police Airwing and K-9 units were dispatched to the general area. Andrade hanged himself in the woods off Interstate 93 in Braintree, Cruz said.
Underneath Andrade’s body, Cruz said authorities found a handgun. It will be sent for ballistics testing, according to Beth Stone, spokeswoman for the Plymouth County district attorney.
Not far from Andrade’s body, authorities found a Honda Civic they said belonged to Monteiro.
Cruz said Andrade appears to have had no criminal history and there were no prior restraining orders. It was unclear how long Monteiro had dated Andrade, but a text Monteiro sent recently to a new acquaintance suggested she feared for her life. She said she feared Andrade would kill her if he found out about their new relationship, Stone said.
“Domestic violence is a terrible crime,” Cruz said. “People need to understand that they need to be better about working out issues with their loved ones, rather than turning to violence. In this instance, he [Mr. Andrade] chose the wrong route and it cost Miss Monteiro her life and him his life.”
Monteiro’s home was quiet Tuesday. Neighbors spoke to each other quietly. Kisha DeBrito, 23, of Brockton, lives across the street. She said Monteiro was new to the neighborhood. They didn’t know one another. They waved when they passed.