Brockton man was killed after concert, filming of rap music video
Rap artist Nilton dePina last saw his high school friend, Antonio “Tonito” Centeio, at around 3 a.m. on Saturday — just minutes before Centeio was fatally shot on Main Street.
The rapper had just finished filming a music video near the Hess gas station, located at 1614 Main St., after an event he and Centeio had organized together at the Morabeza Restaurant and Pub on Main Street earlier that evening.
About 50 people trickled out of the Morabeza at 2 a.m. and went to the Hess gas station to watch dePina — also known as rapper “World Dinero” — film his video, dePina said.
Shortly before 3 a.m., filming wrapped up and dePina went home.
Minutes later, a series of gunshots were fired outside the Hess gas station — killing Centeio and injuring three others.
Brockton police cruisers responded, as did ambulances, to transport the victims.
DePina, 21, said he didn’t learn of the shooting until the next morning.
“I’m so shocked that it ended so fast like that,” dePina said, sitting at the wooden kitchen table of his Brockton home on Sunday. “Everyone was so happy. I didn’t think I was going to wake up in the morning and (Centeio) was going to be gone.”
Antonio Centeio, 23, of Brockton was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital shortly after the shooting reported at 3:10 a.m. on Saturday, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Norton Middleton said Sunday.
Three other people were also shot but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Middleton said. Their names were not made public on Sunday.
No arrests had been made as of Sunday night. Autopsy results for Centeio were not available on Sunday.
Centeio’s family could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, dePina described his friend as funny and “always happy.” The two friends attended Brockton High School together.
“I’m just upset,” dePina said. “He’s the kid that Brockton would see every day.”
For the past month, dePina said he and Centeio worked closely to organize the weekend event, which they chose to hold in Brockton instead of Boston or Providence.
But since his friend’s murder, dePina said he’s reconsidering his rap career, and holding future rap events in Brockton.
“I don’t want to do the music no more,” dePina said. “Now, we can’t do it, because it’s dangerous.”
Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Brockton detectives at 508-941-0234.
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