UPDATED: Milford, State Police Investigating Homicide

Massachusetts State Police and Milford Police are investigating a homicide at an apartment on Main Street in Milford. The victim was identified as Jose Mendes, 45, of 320 Main St.

A 45-year-old man was killed in a homicide in an apartment on Main Street, the Worcester County District Attorney confirmed Sunday evening.

The victim was identified as Jose Mendes, 45, by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. The death was reported to Milford Police about 9 a.m. Sunday by a friend of the victim, Early said.

Speaking to reporters outside the scene, Early would not specify how Mendes died, or whether police had any suspects. "I can't speak to that at this point," he said.

Mendes, who lived in a ground-level apartment attached to the building, at 320 Main St., was found in his kitchen, Early said.

Early visited the scene early Sunday evening with state and local detectives. He described what he saw inside as "a pretty tough scene" but would not elaborate.

Initially, the friend who located the victim thought he might have died of an overdose, Early said, and the police were asked to perform a well-being check. After arriving, police determined it was a homicide, Early said.

Milford and State Police are continuing to investigate.


Original story:

State Police detectives are investigating a death on Main Street in Milford, and have cordoned off a structure with police tape.

The nature of the incident was not revealed by a State Police captain, who referred comment to a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early. In an email, DA spokesman Tim Connolly said a death is being investigated, but could provide no more detail.

State Police are leading the investigation. are at the scene, assisting. The structure is a four-unit apartment building at 320 Main St., near the intersection of Fruit Street. Both the front and rear of the property have been secured with police tape.

Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin could not be reached early Sunday afternoon for comment.

Milford Patch will provide updates as they become available.

maureen July 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Michael July 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Hard drugs are certainly becoming a more visible issue. Overdoses, robberies, break-in's, etc. Seems like this is also a drug related incident. Hopefully people start paying more attention and see how certain drugs are impacting the community. Soon, everyone will be touched by this issue in some way.
maureen July 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I Knew the person! All I can say Is To Kurtis, THERE ARE DRUGS/LOSERS in EVERY Town Regardless of your Opinion....Joe was a son and a brother and my heart gos out to his MOTHER who has to go on,,,,,,,,,,,,Im just confused,a drug addict /loser deserves to DIE??????? JUST SAYING???????
Tony July 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
the apartment was orginay used as a barber shop back in the fifties and sixties!
jessica July 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
i knew this man very well also, and regardless of why this happend, thats a very cruel and unfair way to pass on' he did not deserve that in any way. he was an amazing person and i miss him dearly... my heart and prayers go out to his mother, who he took care of everyday...[we all love and miss you very much joe, r.i.p. ]
Tippy Doodle July 09, 2012 at 12:52 PM
@ maureen: I am so sorry for you and the family at this time. No one, NO ONE has the right to take another person's life. This town has been a drug runners haven for years. In the 70's Milford was listed as the NUMBER 1 drug City in the country. Even Johnny Carson ( live on his show )expressed surprise at this, saying "where the Hell is Milford Ma?" and noted that we are such a small town. The Problem is MiIford, is smack dab in the center of 495 and the pike. Its easy access from worcester, boston providence ny ect. It's been an on going issue for years. Are the police dept doing all they can ? I hope so. But the truth is if people want to use and deal they are going to use and deal. These are the Choices People make. And the bottom line is when you get involve in drug activity, NOTHING good can come from it, I can't tell you how many people close to me have been lost to drug addiction. Were/Are they bad people? NOT all of them no. It just breaks my heart to see this happening. Sad part is I see deals going down frequently, I know the authorities know who is doing what. Are they turning a blind eye? or are they investigating and laying in wait? This town needs a good clean sweep.
Kurtis Bailey July 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Wow MAUREEN First off i didn't say any thing about him being a druggie or loser i was talking about the town of milford so i dont know why your getting all bent out of shape as if i was talking about him..
Shannon Roy July 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
This is very sad. I knew joe he aas friends witb my daddy just cause someone is and addict does not mean they shojld die so with that said my hearts and prayers go out to his family RIP Joe now you can be at peace and you can hang out wit my daddy again.. One more thing to Joes family dont listen to what people say just remember Joe as the beautiful petson he was.God Bless
bella ann July 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Almost ALL of us in some way know someone with a drug or alcohol problem. Does that mean they deserve to lose their life the way Joe did.....NO! I don't think this is the appropriate place to ddiscuss it. Maybe start a blog on here about milfords rising problems. Just have a little respect for the mans family.....he was after all someones son, brother, uncle cousin etc.
Anonymous July 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Sorry but I don't need a known drug user living in my house. Too bad you knew him. I have no pity for a guy like that
maureen July 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Anonymous July 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
He peddled his dope out of his home. Last I looked other people lived in the 4 apartment building. Guess their safety didn't matter much. If he was so awesome, please feel free to have a drug dealer live next to you and sell his dope....great if you have kids. @@
bella ann July 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Mary can anyone start a blog on this site? If so how. I looked around briefly and didn't see what I was looking for.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Hi bella ann, Yes, just click on the "start a blog" icon below the top three stories on the main page.
Thewayitis July 09, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I am sure you meant nothing by it. But, if it were your friend or family that happened to be reported as a drug addict and under an article about your families murder you read a comment like yours. you may take offense to what was said.
maureen July 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Nobody said Joe was awesome, BUT he was a human being, and NO Matter what he did not deserve to be murdered! I protect my family the best that I can of "DRUG DEALERS" and you should too! OF COURSE SAFETY MATTERS!!!! No matter what town you live or who your near your family is your responsibility!.Like Bella Ann said there should be a different site for this cuz The point at hand and the respect of the person murdered has been taken away!??????? Everyone is angry with the One that is dead, Well what about the person that is walking around the streets in Milford that was able to do this horrible, horrible crime to this person! Are your children safe with a person like that??????? I dont want a drug dealer next door NOR do I want a Person that could KILL some one either, BUT I HAVE NOT READ THAT YET!!!!
maureen July 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Bella your absolutely right there definately should be another site to blog on about the subject at hand.... I am shocked everyone writes about drugs and I understand BUT what about the person/or persons who did this horrible crime to a person!? They could be next door to us? Near a school? Playground? What about our children then?
Jan July 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Ditto!!!! How sad..
Michelle July 09, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I am SO glad I am moving out of Milford next month. I've lived here for 13 years and had enough. Too many illegals, drugs, crime, noise, etc. Not too happy with the schools either, my two oldest kids graduated recently so I know of the problems. I really don't want to send my youngest child to Milford schools. Good riddance!
Babs01757 July 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I am so disgusted with Milford. I didn't know this person but even if the things being said are true he did not deserved to be brutally killed. Maybe put in rehab or jail but certainly not killed. I am saddened by another senseless death in Milford. I hope the police apprehend the murderer swiftly. It is scary to know a that someone or several people that are murders are roaming the streets. I wasn't raised in Milford but I have lived here for 20 years and raised a family and drugs never seemed to be so rampant. Yes you will always have some who choose to use drugs and alcohol but it seems like the violence in this town is really escalating. We had 3 innocent people killed by illegal immigrants, this murder and they guys that assaulted a family a few months ago that was drug related, 3 stabbings again involving illegals and a multitude of assaults and breaking and entering. Milford has not had this kind of violence over the last 20 years. I would like to hear from the Milford police chief what he attributes the recent surge of violence too and how he (the MPD) plan to deal with it. When the violence issue was raised last fall the selectman said it was a few isolated, sensationalized stories after the death of Matt Denice. It certainly is a lot more than that.
scotty b July 10, 2012 at 06:38 AM
i love all the tough guys bad mouthing the dead....
Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Bad mouthing the dead??? You have got to be kidding me. He was an ex con for posession/distribution. Well known as a dealer. Clean himself so lets not say Oh poor guy had a drug problem. Could have had innocent people killed. Not to mention the pending assault charges. Excuse me while I vomit
notinmilfordanymore July 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM
anyone that can bad mouth the murdered person is an ass, why dont you wait till the killer is caught then bad mouth the person who took SOMEONE"S life!!!! I DONT BELIEVE ANY "DRUG ADDICT" PUTS THERE FEET ON THE FLOOR IN THE MORNING/AFTERNOON AND SAYS THANK GOD IAM AN ADDICT. Have some compassion, because SOMEONE in your family might be fighting addiction and YOU don't know!!!!
Maria Sara July 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Glad you said that!
Lisa.L July 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I have known jose for a very long time. We were engaged at one time, and honestly people everyone in this world has problems. Joe was a son, a father, and he would have made a good husband. He was a great person and I was glad to have him in my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his Family and Friends. Joe you will be missed and I love You. R.I P Jose Mendes Thanks maureen, and shannon, Always in my heart Joe Lisa L
Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
BTW, did you not read where I said he kicked his habit IN PRISON? He was merely helping others with theirs @@ Swell guy
bella ann July 11, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Mary, any updates at all on this story? It seems like everything else bad that happens in town, the first day the press is all over it then not another word. I live right around the corner from where this happened and am still afraid at night because a murderer is still on the loose and the police aren't saying anything to make us feel safe!
Mary MacDonald (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Hi Bella Ann, I don't have anything new to report from the officials. I would expect they will say very little until an arrest. The State Police are leading this, not local police, but they have not been saying anything to the media... I'll update when I can.
Tina Rodriguez August 06, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I won't bad mouth the dead. But I will say I believe in Karma. And I know of at least one family that is a little happier knowing he is not around anymore.
Newt Marcus November 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM
People blame on the immigrants for their own sake problems. If you are not happy with Milford, try to change it for better. How do you know there are many illegals in town, have you asked them for ID or Green Card? Milford is a multiracial town, home for the Italians, Portuguese, Brazilian, Irish, Hispanics....Btw I am LEGAL immigrant who lives in town, and I am totally against drugs and I never used them. I came from a family with good ethic/values!


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