Deceased identified in Village Hill Road incident in Northampton


The two individuals who were found dead inside a residence on Village Hill Road yesterday morning, Jan. 3, 2019, have been identified as Karina Nieves, 24, and Nelson Cardona,  26. 

Although their official causes of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, both appear to have died from gunshot wounds.  Preliminary indications from this ongoing investigation suggest that Cardona likely shot Nieves, and then himself.  The two had been in a long-term relationship, and had three children together, all of whom are safe and being cared for.

Because the investigation into these deaths remains ongoing, no further information is expected to be released today.  This incident is being jointly investigated by the Northampton Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.