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Turtlegram: A Ware man has been charged with misleading the police investigation into the slaying of four members of the Bermudez family in West Brookfield. Mathew Locke, 31, of Eddy Street, Ware, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Western Worcester District Court and ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He is not charged with the killings of Sara Bermudez and her three children. The deaths of Ms. Bermudez, 38, and her children, Madison, 8, James, 6, and Michael, 2, have been ruled homicides. The four were found dead March 1 in their home at 10 Old Warren Road.
Court documents show that Mr. Locke was interviewed several times and told state police detectives from the Worcester district attorney’s office that he had been in contact with Moses Bermudez, Sara’s husband and the father of the three children, after the deaths.
“Locke stated that he had recently visited 10 Old Warren Road with an associate, Joshua Gagnon,” after the deaths, a police report states. “Locke stated that when he pulled into the driveway, Moses Bermudez was sitting in his truck. Locke told investigators that Moses stated that they should pay attention to the news in the coming days because anyone associated with MS-13 was going to get hurt and die.”
But state police said their investigation, which included interviews with Mr. Bermudez and Mr. Gagnon, showed Mr. Bermudez never made those statements, though the two men had been at the Bermudez residence within the past two weeks, court records show. MS-13 is a criminal gang that has grown beyond its Los Angeles roots.
At the arraignment in Western Worcester District Court before Judge Maura McCarthy, Assistant District Attorney Katie Wildgrube asked that Mr. Locke be held on $25,000 bail and cited what she said was a four-page record in Massachusetts and a criminal past in Maine, where he is on probation. Mr. Locke’s criminal record includes arson, larceny, violation of harassment orders, possession of a burglary tool and having drug paraphernalia, records and testimony show. Lawyer John Madaio, who was appointed by the court to represent Mr. Locke, said he doesn’t see his client as “a person of interest” in the homicide case.
Yes, you read that right – this mother fucker’s name is Matt Locke. As in….
Naturally he feels right at home in criminal court.
But seriously, this whole story is crazy and sneaky underreported. A family of four was butchered and burned in a town of 3,000 people. All three kids were under the age of 9. It happened almost a month ago and the only thing we know is they’re looking for a yellow gas can. That’s it.
A million people have messaged about this because the word around town is MS-13. The father was in California at the time of the murder and from what I understand he is not a suspect. Whenever someone mentions MS-13 I usually just ignore it though, because it’s become the new right wing dog whistle, like this one:
But the longer this goes on the longer I have to wonder. Three small children and a woman don’t get stabbed to death in their own home and then their bodies lit on fire in a normal murder. People are murdered for a reason. There’s no possible reason to want to murder three small children. Not unless there’s some perverse revenge motive to send a message. Something a gang like MS-13 would do.
So yea, maybe there’s something to this after all.
Meanwhile in Hatfield, the same cow town where Jo Ringer’s remains were found a month ago, a burnt body was found two weeks ago. And just like the the West Brookfield murders, the victim was hispanic. West Brookfield is basically Western MA, and Hatfield is in the heart of Western MA.
As for this moron:
I got all excited when I heard there was an arrest in this case. Especially since he’s from Ware. Plus, he’s got a long record and he’s pretty much exactly what I expected a murderer from Ware would look like. I mean, this was his Christmas card for crying out loud:
Merry Christmas. Ware style.
My money was on MS-13, so this would’ve been a real wild card if he did it. But as it turns out he’s just under arrest for lying to the cops about the Dad getting revenge on MS-13:
“Locke stated that when he pulled into the driveway, Moses Bermudez was sitting in his truck. Locke told investigators that Moses stated that they should pay attention to the news in the coming days because anyone associated with MS-13 was going to get hurt and die.”
I’m as confused as you are. Why would someone lie about the surviving father vowing revenge on MS-13? What does he have to gain from this? Or does he just like chaos? The again, nothing makes sense except MS-13. To me this whole thing just reeks of violent criminals trying to send a message. And who else would they be sending a message to except for Dad? I have no idea who or what he was mixed up in, but shit like this doesn’t just happen randomly in West Brookfield.
I wish we had more to offer you people, but your guess is as good as mine. If you have any information you wanna share with Turtleboy we are always interested. We just had to talk about it because it’s really bugging me that three kids and their Mom can be murdered like this and the people who did it are out there and there are apparently no leads. Fucked up.