Murdered produce deliveryman had been hired back after serving time for federal drug charges

Vermont State Police declined to say whether the agency believes the homicide was connected to Roberto Fonseca-Rivera’s past charges.

Friday’s shooting death of a deliveryman for a Boston-based produce company has now been ruled a homicide.

Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, who was shot to death while on the job Friday in Vermont, worked for Katsiroubas Bros. He was driving a company vehicle at the time of his death, according to police. He died of gunshot wounds to the head and neck, the medical examiner’s office said.

The company’s owner, Ted Katsiroubas, told WBZ Fonseca-Rivera was a dedicated worker who was hired back to the company after serving time for federal drug charges. 

Court documents show Fonseca-Rivera pleaded guilty in 2018 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. He was sentenced to serve one year and a day in prison, though it’s unclear whether he served the full sentence.

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“The way that we looked at it was that he had served his time and he left a very positive impression on us before the incident,” Katsiroubas told WBZ. “We were comfortable with bringing him back and we welcomed him back.”

A spokesperson from Vermont State Police declined to say whether the agency believes the homicide was connected to Fonseca-Rivera’s past charges.

Katsiroubas Bros. said in a statement that it is cooperating with officials “in any way we can” and hopes the investigation is “quick and successful.”

“We want justice for Roberto,” the statement read.

The company posted a photo of Fonseca-Rivera on its Instagram alongside an image of a black ribbon that reads “rest in peace” in Spanish.