Father Held Without Bail in Daughter’s Murder

Walter DaSilva told investigators he did it because his daughter didn't visit her on Father's Day

A man charged with fatally shooting his 19-year-old daughter said he did it because he didn't like who she was dating and because she didn't spend Father's Day with him.

Walter DaSilva, 45, of Danbury, Connecticut appeared in New Bedford District Court on Wednesday for his arraignment. His daughter, Sabrina DaSilva, was shot in the face and the back on July 3 outside her home in New Bedford. She was found lying in a parking lot and was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Walter DaSilva was arrested in early August in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is charged with murder, carrying an illegal firearm and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.

According to the Boston Herald, DaSilva told investigators that he killed his daughter after she failed to visit him on Father's Day and he learned she was dating a middle-aged man.

At the time of the killing, DaSilva was on probation for trying to kill his daughter's mother. Prosecutors said he had been deported to Brazil but snuck back into the U.S. through Mexico.

DaSilva was ordered held without bail pending an Oct. 5 court hearing.

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