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  /  11.01.2021


As REVOLT previously reported, Alberto “Alpo” Martinez was shot and killed Sunday (Oct. 31) morning in New York City. REVOLT reached out to the NYPD periodically to confirm updates on the case. Here’s what we learned:

Martinez’s death is being treated as a homicide by the Department. Early reports claimed the 55-year-old Harlem native was shot five times just after 3:20 a.m. by an assailant in a moving vehicle. NYPD officials told REVOLT one bullet hit the left side of his chest, one grazed his chin and three bullets went into his left arm. Martinez was shot in a red 2017 Dodge Ram that had Texas paper plates. He was found on W. 147th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. But the shots were fired on W. 152nd St. It’s believed Martinez drove a few blocks before crashing into the back of another vehicle. 

While several outlets jumped to publish Martinez’s death, the NYPD said they were still confirming the identity of the person shot. An officer told REVOLT the ID found on the victim listed the name Abraham Rodriguez from Lewiston, Maine. The Department later confirmed to REVOLT that Abraham Rodriguez is the legal name Martinez was given within the witness protection program. 

It remains unclear whether Martinez was still in the program at the time of the shooting. The Department did confirm reports that he was pronounced dead on arrival upon reaching Harlem Hospital. 

While a motive for the shooting has not been identified by the Department, Martinez may have been a marked man, especially within the Harlem community. The man known as Alpo on the city streets admitted to killing his close friend and business partner Rich Porter — who was also a native of Harlem. Martinez’s reputation took another hit when he agreed to testify against his former associates, including his known enforcer Wayne “Silk” Perry, in court. 

Currently, the NYPD said there are no suspects in the shooting, however, they are actively investigating the case. REVOLT will continue to update this article with any updates we receive.

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