Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo (Credit: Katy Rogers Photography)
EVERETT, MA (WBZ-AM) — Authorities say a husband turned himself into Police and is under arrest for shooting and killing his wife with a shotgun in Everett Wednesday.
According to Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan identified the victim as Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo, 50. Her estranged husband, Emilio Matarazzo, 55, of Peabody, turned himself and was arrested and charged with her murder.
Everett Police initially responded to a Central Street home at around 8:40 a.m. to find a woman with several gunshot wounds in a car.
"They discovered a woman whose name is Ersilia Cataldo-Matarazzo inside a vehicle in the driveway of 90 Central...she had sustained several gunshot wounds to the torso, she was subsequently pronounced dead on scene," Ryan said.
According to Ryan, Cataldo-Matarazzo was on her way to work at St. Anthony's Church when her husband, Emilio, walked up with a long rifle or shotgun and shot her multiple times.
Cataldo-Matarazzo had been temporarily living with her parents on Central Avenue, Ryan said. It’s likely the Matarazzos were in the middle of a divorce, Ryan added.
The shooting prompted a lockdown at nearby schools for a period of time.
Emilio Matarazzo, who turned himself to police around 10:30 a.m. was arrested and charged with Cataldo-Matarazzo's murder. He will be arraigned in Malden District Court on Thursday.
According to Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie, Matarazzo's murder is being felt deeply in the City as she was a vital member of their community.
She held a seat on the City's Board of Assessors and is a second-cousin of Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr.
Naz Flores, a resident who lives on Central Street, was in bed when the shots rang out.
"Boom, Boom, Boom, there were just four gunshots repeatedly, then after I heard a woman screaming...so then me and my mom came down to see and there were police all around," she said.
Meanwhile, there's been a steady stream of people in tears making their way to the victim's home.
WBZ NewsRadio Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports.