Top New Bedford news stories include the release of a serial killer, a domestic assault in Hovan, and beach cleanup

NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS — we’re looking forward to calmer days this week after more crazy weather last week. To get you ready, we’ll go over some of the most important tales.

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Veterans Day, of course, was a special occasion this past week. On Thursday, reporter Kerri Tallman covered a very poignant event, a “ruck” that raised awareness for veteran suicide. Over 70 veterans, their families, and friends walked 22 miles roundtrip from New Bedford to Westport, some wearing vests or carrying sandbags, all to bring attention to the issue. Nelson C. Rodriguez of New Bedford was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1997 after shooting and killing Filipe Barros, an 18-year-old.

Rodriguez is currently on probation.

On Sept. 27, 2021, the state parole board unanimously agreed that Rodriguez was “a good candidate for parole.”

On Jan. 22, 2018, two males forced their way into Chantel Bruno’s New Bedford apartment, where she had just been staying for two months.

She was stabbed 49 times throughout the incident.

Her assassination was New Bedford’s first homicide of the year.

According to a news release from Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, Robert Viveiros, 50, of New Bedford, was convicted of Bruno’s murder last week in Fall River Superior Court and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.