An East Moriches man was arrested by Suffolk County Police on Saturday night and charged with the shooting death of an Eastport man in a home invasion in December.
Paul Batterson Jr., 22, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the killing of 45-year-old Francisco Pirir at his East Moriches Boulevard home during the early morning hours of December 8, 2013. He is being held at the 5th Precinct and was slated to be arraigned this morning at 1st District Court in Central Islip.
County Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 in the morning, when two masked men smashed through the door of the small rental home, demanded money from the residents of the home, and shot Mr. Pirir in the face with a shotgun, killing him. A second resident of the home, Mr. Pirir’s uncle, was shot in the hand, and was treated at a local hospital and released. The suspects then fled the home.
The seven residents of the house were all migrant workers. Mr. Pirir had four children in Guatemala, and family both there and locally. The Eastport community rallied to raise money for his funeral, and to help his family financially.
Police said the 22-year-old suspect and a second masked gunman who has yet to be apprehended broke into the victim’s house on East Moriches Boulevard, announced a robbery and fatally shot Pirir at 3:24 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.