Worcester Man Charged with Murder

July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey 508-368-7241

WORCESTER — A 25-year-old Worcester man is being charged with murder in a fatal shooting early Sunday morning following a confrontation in front of the man’s home, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Joshua Lopez, 24, of 14 Claremont St., Worcester, died Monday afternoon at a local hospital after being shot the day before while sitting in the backseat of a vehicle.

Leroy L. Thompson Jr., 25, of 26 Almont Ave., Apt. 2., and occupants of that vehicle had argued over the payment of a restaurant bill before the shooting.

Mr. Thompson was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and improper storage of a firearm. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday.

Mr. Thompson will also be arraigned on the murder charge Friday in Central District Court.