Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Thursday, December 29, 2011
MASSACHUSETTS – All eyes are on Peabody tomorrow as they lay to rest one their own killed in the line of duty. Questions surrounding the unsolved Andover slaying of a millionaire couple thicken while an indictment indicates plans to formally charge a Malden man with the murder of an Ipswich restaurant owner. This and much more in today’s NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up!
1. Several thousand firefighters are expected to arrive in the area tomorrow for the funeral of Peabody firefighter James Rice, who died two days before Christmas while battling a three-alarm fire on Hancock Street. According to reports, firefighters will gather in full-dress uniform in Peabody Square where Rice’s casket will arrive atop Peabody Engine 5 in a procession that will include more than 100 bagpipers.
Today, more than 300 firefighters and officers from the Peabody Police and Fire Departments , marched solemnly in uniform outside the funeral home hosting Rice’s wake where more than 1,000 mourners waited in line to pay their respects.
The 11-year veteran of the Peabody Fire Department was 42 years old, and left behind a wife and three young children.
2. The mystery surrounding the slaying of a millionaire Andover couple earlier this month thickened today as reports surfaced that investigators may be looking for multiple suspects. According to the certificate issued by the state Medical Examiner’s Office, John E. Magee, 69, died from gunshot wounds to the head, neck and chest after being “shot by assailant(s)” while Geraldine Magee is listed as being shot by only one assailant. The 67-year-old housewife died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to her death certificate. Officials at the Essex District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on whether they were hunting for multiple killers in the unsolved double homicide or whether John E. Magee was shot more than three times.