For Immediate Release - February 21, 2009

Haverhill And State Police Search For Murder Suspect

Haverhill and State Police are asking for the public's help in locating Jose I. Collazo, 21, of Tampa, Florida, the suspect in this morning's shooting death of a Haverhill man.

Collazo allegedly shot Jose Fuentes, 27, in the bedroom of a basement apartment at 16 Union Street, Haverhill, shortly before 9 o'clock this morning.

Police received a 911 call from a person in the apartment at 8:58 a.m., and when they responded they discovered the victim lying on the bed suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fuentes was staying at that address, according to police. Also at that address were a 20 year-old mother and her two young children.

The people involved were all known to each other, and this was not a random act. The motive for the murder remains under investigation.

Collazo is described as being 5' 5" tall, and weighs 137 pounds. He is Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes, and has a tattoo of teardrops under his left eye. He is also known as "Sleepy."

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Haverhill Police at 978-373-1212, or State Police detectives at 508-820-2121.

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