- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2016

An illegal immigrant who was deported twice from the U.S. was seen smiling in court Tuesday while pleading not guilty to the murder of his daughter.

Walter Gomes Da­Silva, a 45-year-old Brazilian with a “Kiss My Ass” tattoo on his neck, was first deported in 1999, the Boston Herald reported. Mr. Da­Silva illegally re-entered the U.S. at an unknown date, and in 2002 was convicted of trying to kill his wife, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the paper. DaSilva was reportedly deported again after serving 10 years behind bars for the crime.

Now the man is accused of fatally shooting his daughter, 19-year-old Sabrina DaSilva, in the face and multiple times in the back outside her New Bedford, Massachusetts, apartment after she allegedly snubbed him on Father’s Day, authorities said. DaSilva “grinned widely” in court Tuesday as he pleaded not guilty to murder and firearm charges, the Herald reported.

“It is disturbing that he’d been deported and came back into the country illegally, but he’s here,” said Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III. “This is a very chilling set of circumstances — a father being accused of killing his teenage daughter. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.”

New Bedford District Court Judge James J. McGovern ordered DaSilva held pending an Oct. 5 probable cause hearing, the Herald reported.

DaSilva’s public defender, John J. Connor, said he hopes people don’t “politicize” the tragedy for personal gain in the U.S. immigration debate.

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