May 23, 2019
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Maine man arrested in beating deaths of 4 in Massachusetts

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In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, photo, police officers take Orion Krause, covered in a white sheet, to a police vehicle in Groton, Mass. The 22-year-old recent Oberlin College graduate and jazz drummer from Maine will face murder charges Monday in the slayings of four adults found at a Massachusetts home.

A 22-year-old Rockport, Maine, man was arrested Friday and is expected to be charged with murder in the bludgeoning deaths of four people in Groton, Massachusetts.

According to a report by NECN, police were called to the scene after the suspect, Orion Krause, appeared naked and muddy at a neighbor’s house at around 6 p.m. Friday and told someone, “I need help. I murdered four people.”

The suspect, Orion Krause, was arrested Friday, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He is facing four counts of murder in the killings of three women and one man at 80 Commons St. in Groton on Friday. Authorities said he is expected to be arraigned in Ayer District Court on Monday, the Lowell Sun newspaper has reported.

Krause graduated from a top music school in Ohio earlier this year and was called a “gentle” person by some friends, according to MassLive.com.

As of Sunday morning, authorities had not released the names of the victims, but previously said Krause has a “familial” relationship with the victims. All four victims were bludgeoned with a weapon, which was recovered, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The district attorney called the deaths a “situation of tragic family violence.”

Krause’s Facebook page shows he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio this year. He also attended Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine.

The Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald in Maine report Krause won a maestro award for a drum solo in his senior year of high school in addition to other honors.

The president of the Oberlin Conservatory sent a message to the Lowell Sun stating the crime is horrific. The school is offering support to students and faculty.

Louie Krauss, a Baltimore resident, told the Lowell Sun that Krause was a jazz musician who was “one of the most gentle people I’ve ever gotten to know.” Another person who graduated with Krause said he “came across as a really gentle guy,” according to the Sun.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located on Oberlin College’s campus in Ohio, said Krause had a senior degree recital in April. The recital involved musicians playing his original works.

Krause also posted on a social networking website for musicians called Fandalism. He discussed his time playing in a Beatles tribute band and his musical days in Rockport. Facebook posts show Krause played drums in a band called the Michael Beling Trio.

Town officials in Groton said a vigil for the four victims was planned for Sunday evening.

After the killings, Krause headed to a neighboring home in Groton. He was naked and covered in mud.

“I opened the door and he said, ‘I need help,’” Wagner Alcocer said. “I closed the door on him because he was naked, covered in mud and I didn’t know what he had in his hands.”

Alcocer opened the door again and spoke with Krause.

“He said, ‘I need help, I need help, I murdered four people,’” Alcocer told MassLive in an interview.

MassLive.com writer Scott J. Croteau contributed to this report.



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