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November 20, 2013

Victim ID'ed in Salisbury murder case; 'person of interest' named

SALISBURY -- The Liberty Street beach house searched by state police and others law enforcement agencies last Friday in connection with the gruesome discovery of charred body parts in Bridgewater and Hyde Park days earlier, was rented in September by Reginald Cummings, an aspiring rapper with ties to Haverhill and a lengthy criminal record.

While authorities would not confirm the name of the man whose body parts was found last week, family and friends believe the victim was 24-year-old Dennis Ray Jackson of Boston, who also had an Elm Street, Amesbury, address within the past year. The body parts were found inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison last Wednesday night. The following morning, more burnt body parts were found outside a Hyde Park building.

A fundraising website created by his sister, Denise Jackson, described Jackson as the father of three children. Before it was edited yesterday the site described how Jackson's body was found in multiple locations. Several of Jackson's friend posted photos of him on their Facebook pages and included the link to the online fundraiser.

When contacted by The Daily News of Newburyport, Denise Jackson declined to comment publicly.

Police have not publicly charged Cummings, but authorities have told The Daily News that Cummings is a "person of interest" in the murder. Police executed a search warrant last week at his Liberty Street apartment.

Cummings, who went by the stage name Re Clipz, has performed as a rapper on many stages across the area and founded Proficient Records based in Haverhill. He has been in trouble with the law before and after graduating Newburyport High School in 2005. Cummings was last arrested in April 2012 by Haverhill police and charged with distributing a class B substance and conspiring to violate drug laws. Two years earlier, he and another man, Paris Cormier, a Salisbury native and well-known leader of a local gang called "Crimesquad 4 Life 3:19", were arrested by Amesbury police after an alleged stabbing in Haverhill. The two were charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after allegedly cheering on a mutual friend as he stabbed another man.

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