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December 14, 2011

Investigators: Andover couple are victims of double homicide

ANDOVER — Investigators say John and Geraldine Magee were shot and killed in their Orchard Crossing home and their car was found torched last night in Boston's North End neighborhood.

Andover Police Chief Brian Pattulo said investigators have "no person of interest" in what he described as a double homicide. However, the chief said the incident was "isolated" and said there is "no threat to the Andover community." He refused to elaborate as to why the public should not be concerned about a killer on the loose.

The bodies of John "Jack" Magee, 69, and Geraldine Magee, 67, were found by their daughter in a first-floor room of their stately, 6,000-square-foot home at 7 Orchard Crossing this morning. A friend of the family said the Magees routinely cared for the daughter's children and she was there to drop them off this morning when she found her parents shot to death.

Earlier this morning, police put out a bulletin seeking the couple's black Lexus SUV. O'Connell confirmed the SUV was torched in front of 126 Prince St. The Boston Fire Department said the call on the torched car came in shortly after 10 last night.

There are two businesses listed for 7 Orchard Crossing — Magee Construction and Advance Realty Co. John Magee is also a lawyer listed with the Massachusetts bar at that address.

The Magees were developers who built large homes throughout town, including the subdivision off Route 28 where their home is located. John was the contractor, while Geraldine worked as a realtor for the company, according to Chris Doherty of Prudential Howe and Doherty Realtors in Andover.

"He was always a gentleman to deal with," Doherty said. "One of the first houses I ever sold was on Snowberry Road. He built it and he was great to work with."

A dog was found in the home, which was taken care of by Andover Animal Control.

Friends say the Magees had three children — two daughter and a son.

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