Brockton Superior Court: Surviving victim testifies in the trial of Keith Luke

A gunshot victim who was allegedly raped by Keith Luke during a racially-motivated crime spree gave tearful testimony inside Brockton Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.

With Keith Luke sitting inside the courtroom, she was forced to relive a horrific day in January of 2009 when Luke allegedly knocked on the door of her Brockton home and forced his way inside. She thought she was opening the door for a friend but instead she was greeted by Luke, who was 22-years-old at the time.

She said Luke held her at gunpoint, handcuffed her, and then raped her.

When Selma Goncalves arrived at the house and interrupted the assault, she said Luke fatally shot Goncalves and then pointed the gun in her direction.

“I grabbed the teddy bear and I hugged my teddy bear and he was behind the couch [when] he started shooting me. The first shot was in my head. I pretended that he killed me,” said the victim, who’s not being identified in order to protect her privacy.

She was also shot in both arms and chest.

She said that after Luke left the home she watched as he got into his vehicle and gunned down Arlindo Goncalves, a 72-year-old man who was walking down the street.

The trial of Keith Luke started last week and expected to take several more days.


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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.