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Police Asking Public's Help to Find Framingham Man Suspected in a Murder

Police are asking for the public's help in finding Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Juan Lopez on November 20 in Framingham.

Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Juan Lopez on November 20 in Framingham. Credit: Framingham Police
Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Juan Lopez on November 20 in Framingham. Credit: Framingham Police
By Susan Petroni

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson are asking for the public’s help in finding Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Juan Lopez on Nov. 20 in Framingham.

An arrest warrant was issued last month for Rodriguez. 

In addition to residing in Framingham, Rodriguez has also lived in the Worcester area and is known to frequent the Dorchester area of Boston.

Anyone who knows of Rodriguez’s whereabouts or has seen this suspect is asked to call Framingham Police Tip Line at 508-872-1212 ext. 3888 or Massachusetts State Police at 781-897-6600.

Two other men have been charged with the murder of Lopez.

Jose Cruz, 16, of Framingham and Bryan Pertarb, 20, of Hudson were arraigned December 19 in Framingham District Court on charges of murder, attempted armed robbery, armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm. They were held without bail. The next court date for both defendants is January 21 for pre-trial hearing.

At approximately 10:57 p.m. on Nov, 20, Framingham Police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot at 15 Second St. in Framingham. Upon arrival police discovered a male victim in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim, Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham, was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound to the chest.

It is alleged that when Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. It is alleged that Rodriguez walked up to the vehicle and fired a single gunshot through the driver’s side window, striking Lopez. The three men then fled the scene.

The case is under investigation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Framingham Police. 

Editor's Note: This press release was issued jointly by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and Framingham Police.
kalman berke January 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Two comments. One is that this appears to be a genuine call for public assistance. I say that because many pictures of so-called perps have appeared on Patch and I am alarmed at the sources and the casual nature of the accusations associated with them. This one seems to have the authenticity needed when displaying someone's image in connection with a crime. Second, why is it necessary to kill over marijuana? It grows everywhere and is now semi legal? It is madness to ruin lives and burden the taxpayer over a harmless weed!

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