Four children, ages 9, 6, 2 and 1 were awake at 3 a.m. last Wednesday when their mother, Shenia Walker, died as a result of stab wounds. The 29-year-old’s body was found at her second floor apartment at 21 Cypress St., after police responded to a call about an injured woman. Upon arrival, police detained 24-year-old Mario Rivera, of 203 Beths Ave., and charged him with murder and four counts of risk of injury to a minor. While the children were present during the incident, they were not harmed.
Police believe that Walker and Rivera were in a relationship, and the stabbing was a result of domestic violence.
Rivera is being held on a $2 million bond, after his arraignment on Thursday morning at Bristol court. His next court date is scheduled for April 9.
According to court records, Rivera has several other criminal cases and traffic violations, and two prior convictions.
This is Bristol’s first homicide this year.