Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks announced today that the deaths of Chester and Shirley Ju on Nov. 2 have been ruled a murder-suicide, Ryan's office announced in a release..
On Nov. 2, Natick police responded to a report of a dead man at 42 Winter St. During the investigating, a dead female was found inside the home. The decedents were identified as Chester Ju, 64, and Shirley Ju, 64, a husband and wife who lived at this residence.
Based on the investigation, authorities allege that Chester Ju killed his wife and then took his own life. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Shirley Ju’s death was a homicide caused by multiple sharp force injuries. Chester Ju’s death was ruled suicide by hanging.
“Inside this large suburban home in a quiet, residential neighborhood, Shirley Ju was allegedly murdered by her husband," Ryan said in a statement. "This incident illustrates the growing trend of domestic violence homicides in relationships where the victim and perpetrator are over the age of 60."
The couple were in the middle of a divorce, WCVB reported.
"This case is a tragic reminder that domestic violence is an epidemic that knows no age, gender, socio-economic, or educational bounds," Ryan said. "I remain committed to prevention and intervention through community partnerships and close collaboration of domestic violence advocates, elder abuse advocates, hospitals and other stakeholders to better identify and respond to abuse in older relationships.”
The case was investigated by Natick Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.