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October 20, 2013

Family members mourn murdered Lawrence father

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He attended Methuen High School, though he never earned his diploma, according to his mother.

“He liked to socialize with his friends. He was an artistic person and had a passion for art,” she said.

“He was doing construction work in Boston. He got laid off and was waiting for work in Worcester. He was almost done with a GT Peformer bike he was building for his son,” Rodriguez said last night.

Then she asked a family member to bring the bike out. The only thing missing was the seat.

“We’ll find somebody who knows what they’re doing to finish it. My son had been working on the bike for a month and a half to two months. He did it all from scratch, buying parts off the Internet,” she said.

“He sanded it down, painted it and glossed it so it looked really nice,” Graceki added.

Tony Montana, 38, of Lawrence, said he was angry about his cousin’s murder.

“There’s no reason for this to happen. I woke up to the news this morning. It ain’t right,” he said.

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