Second Man Charged in July Murder

February 5, 2021

For Immediate Release

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WORCESTER — A second defendant has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Worcester man on July 9, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Anthony Negron, 26, of Camden, N.J., pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in Central District Court today. Judge Robert J. Pellegrini ordered Negron held without bail and continued the case to March 25.

The victim, Luis Tiru-Romero, died in hospice care in New York on Jan. 30. Worcester Police responding to 6 Mount Pleasant St. on the afternoon of July 9 found Tiru-Romero suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his chest and head. He had remained hospitalized and in other medical facilities since the shooting.

Negron was indicted on Sept. 15 on charges connected to the shooting of Tiru-Romero. He was arraigned previously in Superior Court for assault and battery; carrying a firearm not at home or work; carrying a loaded firearm not at home or work; possession of a firearm while committing a felony; discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling; aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; assault and battery by discharge of a firearm; and armed assault with intent to murder.

Jose A. Merced, 32, of 1 Eames St., also was charged with murder in the case. He was arraigned on Monday in Central District Court. He was ordered held without bail and his case was continued to March 1. Likewise, he was indicted on Sept. 15 on a variety of charges connected to the shooting.