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Dorchester Murder Suspect Found Dead Off Route 195

BOSTON (CBS) - A man suspected of murdering his girlfriend in Dorchester Saturday was found dead early Sunday morning in the woods just off Route 195.

Paulo Rosa, 30, of Dorchester, was found dead close to the Rehoboth-Swansea line on 195 East near his car, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

"We were hoping to get to him before he took his own life, but unfortunately this is a sad conclusion," Evans said.

Tim Alben, the Colonel Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, tweeted Rosa was found by a state police helicopter "off of Rte 195 in Rehoboth after vehicle found abandoned."

Rosa was wanted in connection to the murder of a 33-year-old woman on Bowdoin Street Saturday afternoon.

Police identified her Sunday afternoon as Audilia DaVeiga, who neighbors said was the mother of two young children.  WBZ-TV's Julie Loncich reported that, according to several sources, her brother is a member of the Boston Police Department.

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Audilia DaVeiga was found dead Saturday afternoon (WBZ-TV)

DaVeiga's family told WBZ that she had a huge heart and was always willing to help those in need. Her brother said he kicked down a door to find her dead, and said he had no idea she was in trouble.

"If you had a problem, situation with life, she would make some sacrifice without hesitation," brother Nuias DaVeiga said. "If I knew or there were signs that there were issues, I could have probably intervened."

DaVeiga was a graduate of Bridgewater State College, where she majored in criminal justice, her family said.

"She was such a gentle, beautiful soul," cousin Susan Fernandes said. "It's such a great loss because she was such a great person who was almost like a mother figure to her siblings, a caregiver to the community."

Police identified Rosa as a suspect and asked for the public's help finding him.

Evans described Rosa as the woman's "live-in boyfriend." The causes of death have not been released.

Evans said both children are under the age of five.

"It's a terrible tragedy, where both the mother and father of these young children are deceased now," Evans told WBZ.

Family members say that if any good can come out of DaVeiga's death, it's that it might raise awareness for domestic violence.

"If there's any violence that is in a relationship, try to seek help," Fernandes said. "This should never have happened."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe reports


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