MILFORD (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick has reached out directly to the family of a Milford man killed by an alleged drunk driver who is also an illegal immigrant.

Last month, Matthew Denice was killed by an allegedly drunken Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant who ran a stop sign, struck Denice, and dragged him to his death.

When asked about the case’s connection to the state’s refusal to enroll in the Secure Communities program later in August, Gov. Patrick said that “illegal immigration didn’t kill this person, a drunk driver killed this person.”

The victim’s mother, Maureen Maloney, expressed her frustration with Gov. Patrick’s resistance to reversing his stance on the Secure Communities program to WBZ’s Jon Keller.

“This person was an illegal immigrant, and if we had the Secure Communities Act in place, this person may hot have had the opportunity to get drunk that day, to get behind the wheel of a car, to kill my child,” said Maloney.

Gov. Patrick’s press secretary Alex Goldstein said the Governor recently reached out to Denice’s family “to express his condolences.”

“Out of respect for the family and their privacy, any further correspondence or meeting between the Governor and the family will be private,” added Goldstein.

Comments (15)
  1. Irate says:

    JUST GET RID OF THESE PEOPLE ALREADY, IF HE WASNT HERE IT WOULDNT HAVE HAPPENED!!!!! CAN WE EVEN PROSECUTE ILLEGALS??? My condolences to the family during this difficult loss. this sceniero could have been avoided!!! Nice job Patrick I guess its not illeagal to be illeagal in this state or country. Man They get some great breaks take care of your friggn citizens first. I wouldnt be surprised if this twirp doesnt get a new car from the governent to along with free money and health benefits. While Im pulling 40+ hours and paying for these drunk illeagal idiots. I am beside myself that this happened. Did this one make a call to the white house as well?

  2. Mike says:

    Governor Patricks statement that “illegal immigration didn’t kill this person” is wrong on two points. First, he could have referred to “this person” by his name, Matthew Denice. Second, it was an Illegal Immigrant that killed Matthew. This is why Massachusetts needs to put in place immediately the Secure Communities act. Just one more reason why Patrick should not be re-elected as Governor.

    1. Jon Keller says:

      The governor is not a candidate for re-election

  3. becky says:

    I am not a racist or anything like that but I believe that maybe we should get the illegal immigrants out of our country. This poor man lost his life because of an illegal immigrant. I agree with his mother, if this man wasn’t here then he wouldn’t have been able to get drunk that night and drive and kill this poor young man. I have no problem with people coming here from other countries but do it legally.

    1. ro says:


    2. massman says:

      Guess what most people are, who start out their conversation by claiming not to be racist?

  4. Mark says:

    Fortunately,by 2013 the governors won’t have a choice.The Feds will institute the Secure Communities Act whether states want it or not.Until then,the best we can do is smarten up and stop electing these Socialists.I think the town that wants ID’s for voters is right also.Who does Coakley think she is? Let the state pay $25 for IDs for those who can’t afford it but have the LEGAL right to vote.This isn’t Chicago Martha! WE,the taxpaying,legal Americans demand that ID be presented at the polls.Why should WE(taxpayers) have to go and sue the state (us again) because you (elected by us)think your opinion is legitimate?It is NOT unconstitutional to require voter ID.Maybe the taxpayers should sue you as long as you pay your lawyers out of your pocket like we have to.Why should we pay to sue ourselves? Get with the program or get a new job.There are no more Democrats.The Socialist Liberal moonbats hijacked the (D) and everything it use to stand for.Democrats are for the working man…not the non-working man.Stop Socialism before we perish!!

    1. YaKnow says:

      AMEN, could not have said it better myself…..AGAIN, I don’t mind people coming to this country legally with a WORK VISA….they just don’t WANT TO GET IT…it is about the f’ing VOTE…ILLEGAL VOTE AT THAT…

  5. donny says:

    Gotta love the NAME CALLING. It really supports one’s intelligent, fact-based opinion.

    Even my 6 year old agrees.

  6. Paul says:

    Guess who is on the hook for this IA’s legal fees?….any guesses? The Commonwealth.

  7. Joe The Plumber says:

    I’ll put it in our governors terms he can understand. Illegals are like guns you want to get rid of, if there are no guns, people will not get hurt.

    1. A says:

      true but guns can’t vote

      1. blackbear1 says:

        And guns don’t kill people; people kill people!! Very poor analogy Joe!! Separate subject, separate discussion, apple and oranges!! Try again.

  8. Mack says:

    Predictable For a LACK of valid arguments the Pro-ILLEGAL Elitists, Elitist Politicians, Elitist Political Contributors, ILLEGAL EMPLOYERS, ILLEGALS, and other Special Interest Groups benefiting financially from the ILLEGALS always fall back on attacking anyone who disagrees attempting to label them as racists desiring to place the United States Citizen on the defensive as a side tracking maneuver to divert from the real issue of ILLEGALS invading the United States.

  9. mikey says:

    Patrick’s yellow-brick-road of political ideology is paved with lemons.

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