December 6, 2023


Authorities mentioned the suspect was in an “on-again, off-again relationship” with a lady who was in a automobile with the Salem State scholar on the time of the capturing.

Carl-Hens Beliard. AP

The suspect in a deadly Salem capturing allegedly fired a gun at a college scholar’s automobile as a result of the scholar was contained in the car with a lady the suspect had dated, in response to courtroom officers Thursday.

Missael Pena Canela, 18, of Salem, was charged with homicide and held with out bail within the lethal capturing of Carl-Hens Beliard, a Salem State College scholar and ahead on the varsity basketball group. Through the arraignment, which occurred a day after the deadly capturing, he pleaded not responsible. 

Authorities mentioned the capturing occurred early Wednesday close to 22 Forest Ave., a residential space of Salem subsequent to a car parking zone that belongs to the college. 

Regulation enforcement responded to the scene at about 1:30 a.m. and located Beliard inside a car with one gunshot wound. He later died from his accidents at a close-by hospital.

When Canela allegedly fired the photographs on the automobile, Beliard additionally crashed the car. The lady contained in the car was in a position to get out of the automobile with out damage, nevertheless it was via her that investigators mentioned they decided Canela to be the suspect. 

Missael Pena Canela throughout his arraignment Thursday in Salem District Courtroom. Paul Bilodeau / Pool

Based on authorities, the lady had an “on-again, off-again relationship” with the defendant. In a earlier incident, Canela allegedly smashed her telephone throughout a battle. He was additionally charged with vandalism of property and destruction of property lower than $1,200. 

Canela faces a possible trigger listening to subsequent, scheduled for Dec. 1. 

The information of Beliard’s demise shocked the college group and his teammates — the ahead was only a week away from enjoying his first school sport, stories WBZ. He was additionally on the state championship-winning group at North Excessive in Worcester earlier than attending Salem State. 

“Carl had a tremendous smile that he introduced day by day to follow,” mentioned Chris Harvey, Salem State basketball’s head coach. “Our collective hearts are crushed along with his passing.”

The Vikings group is holding a vigil for Beliard at Twohig Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Thursday.