On the fateful night of Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at approximately 1:30 a.m., tragedy struck near Salem State University. Carl Hens Beliard, an 18-year-old freshman and a former state champion from North High School in Worcester, was inside a car parked on Forest Avenue when he was shot multiple times. The car had mounted the sidewalk, amplifying the shock and horror of the incident.
The Victims of the Carl Hens Shooting Incident
- Carl Hens Beliard
- The Salem State University community
- Friends and family of the young athlete
- Teammates and coaches
The entire community, especially those who knew Carl personally, was left in a state of mourning and disbelief.
Carl was rushed to Salem Hospital, but despite the best efforts of the medical team, he succumbed to his injuries. The tragic incident led to the loss of a promising young athlete who had a bright future ahead of him. This loss left a void not only in his family but also in the hearts of his friends, teammates, coaches, and the broader Salem State University community.
In connection with the shooting of Salem State University basketball player Carl Hens Beliard, who tragically lost his life in the early hours of Wednesday morning near the campus, a significant development has taken place. The authorities have arrested a suspect, and this individual has been identified as Missael Pena Canela, an 18-year-old Salem resident.
Missael Pena Canela now faces a grave charge of murder in connection with this tragic incident. The arrest took place on Wednesday evening, and it was carried out by Salem Police detectives in collaboration with members of the State Police Detectives Unit.
As the legal process unfolds, Missael Pena Canela will be brought before the Salem District Court for arraignment on Thursday. This is a crucial step in the pursuit of justice for the untimely and deeply mourned loss of Carl Hens Beliard.
Please stay tuned for further updates and developments regarding this case as it progresses through the legal system.