November 23, 2017
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Family tied to quadruple slaying expresses ‘sympathies,’ asks for ‘privacy’

By Alex Acquisto, BDN Staff
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Josh Reynolds | AP | BDN
Josh Reynolds | AP | BDN
Orion Krause stands with his attorney Edward Wayland at Krause's arraignment in Ayer District Court in Ayer, Mass., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Krause, of Rockport, Maine, was ordered held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing at his arraignment on murder charges Monday in Ayer.

Members of Orion Krause’s family have released a statement expressing their “deepest sympathies to the family of Bertha Mae Parker,” the caretaker who was one of four killed in what police are calling a case of murder.

The Krause family knows “too well the pain [Parker’s family is] experiencing today,” the Sept. 12 statement, made through the family’s Boston-based Attorney Edward W. Wayland, read.

“They are also grateful to all who have shown them compassion and support, including, particularly, the people of Groton and the Groton Police Department.”

“The family is equally appreciative of the support they have received in Rockport,” the statement read.

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In closing, they “ask that the media respect their privacy.”

The attorney said the statement was from all members of the Krause and Lackey families.

Orion Krause, 22, was charged on Monday with the Friday murders of his mother, Elizabeth “Buffy” Krause, 60; her parents and Krause’s grandparents, Elizabeth “Esu” Lackey, 85, and her husband, Frank Darby Lackey III, 89; and their caretaker, Bertha Mae Parker, 68, at the Lackeys’ residence on Common Street in Groton, Massachusetts.

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Krause was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation and is being held without bail. His next court date is Oct. 30.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said during a news conference this week that all four victims had been beaten to death. A baseball bat had been found on the premises.

 


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