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Friday, September 13, 2019



Homicide of Ricardo Rivera - Hartford - October 21, 2015

Ricardo Rivera was shot to death in Hartford on October 21, 2015. The State of Connecticut is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the homicide of Ricardo Rivera, who was fatally shot in Hartford on October 21, 2015.

On that evening at 10:16 p.m., Hartford police were called to the area of 7 Cherry Street on a report of shots fired. The caller reported hearing three gunshots, saw a “man down” and a silver Acura leaving the area with three males in it.

Officers arriving on the scene found Mr. Rivera, age 19, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital where he died the next day. A second man also shot was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle before police arrived on the scene. He has since recovered from his injuries.
Only minimal evidence was recovered at the scene of the shootings and to date no witnesses have come forward.  Investigators are hopeful the reward may lead to a successful conclusion of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the homicide of Ricardo Rivera is asked to contact Hartford Police. Tips may be left anonymously at (860) 722-TIPS (8477)  or



Anonymous said...

Did HPD investigate ballistics with the Patterson victims?

Anonymous said...

Patrol is getting 2 brand new shiny Tahoes! One north, one south. LMAO. Thank the lord our savior Cheif Thody has heard our cries. Now all we have to do is hold our breath and wait to see how long it will take to get another 27 new patrol cars to atleast stay up to the standard of POST. HPD is a joke and so is the fleet managment.

chris lyons (retired HPD) said...

The problem of lack of interest in cold cases may be underscored by the lack of commentary about this issue on the blog.

Each major city in the State of Connecticut has many unsolved homicides. Its not because police dropped the ball and in most cases some of the the main causes of not solving cases include but are not limited to the following:

people not reporting to police what they witnesses

witnesses refusing to cooperate

witnesses who don't care about anyone

anonymous info that is received but hard to corroborate

Most people who commit these murders are not at the genius level but they do count on the fact that citizens are apathetic and afraid to be seen as cooperating with police. In most cases police know exactly who the suspect is but can't proceed without witness cooperation.

Sometimes even solid evidence is not enough--see the James Primes case

Unsolved murders and cold cases ruin the quality of life of surviving family and are a source of unending pain.