Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Andover Anniversary

"DA seeks public’s help in unsolved 2011 Andover killings" by Peter Schworm Globe Staff  December 07, 2015

ANDOVER — Four years ago next week, John Magee went to a construction site in Reading where his company was building homes and spoke with his son about picking up some building materials in Boston, then dropping them off the next day.

His wife, Geraldine, meanwhile, chatted with her daughter, Holly, on the phone and made plans to watch their grandchildren while Holly did some shopping. Christmas was just around the corner.

But when Holly came to drop off her children the next morning — Dec. 14, 2011 — she found her parents had been shot to death. The couple’s car, a Lexus SUV, had been set on fire in Boston’s North End after being stolen from their home.

The mysterious slaying remains unsolved, and authorities Monday renewed their calls for the public’s help in finding those responsible, releasing new details about the couple’s final day in hopes of generating fresh leads.

Someone out there knows something,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said at a news conference at the Andover Police Department. “We are asking you to search your memory and your conscience, pick up the phone, and call us.”

The couple was apparently targeted, and Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe sought to reassure residents that the lack of an arrest is no cause for fear. It was just the second murder in Andover, an affluent town north of Boston, in the past 25 years.

“Understandably, the community was and continues to be concerned,” he said. “At the time of the murders, the circumstances were such that we believed there was no further threat to the public’s safety, and we believe that this is still the case.”

Keefe said solving the murder remains a top priority.

John Magee, 69, owned and operated Magee Construction with his son, and by all accounts was a “fair and honest businessman,” Blodgett said. He paid his subcontractors on time and treated his colleagues and employees well, he added.

Geraldine Magee, 67, was a devoted grandmother who volunteered for various groups and enjoyed traveling. The couple were high school sweethearts who had been married for 39 years, and friends have said they could not imagine who would want to hurt them.

In a statement, the Magee family wrote that the couple is deeply missed, and they hoped the release of new information would spur someone to come forward....


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