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Merrimack Valley

December 15, 2011

Developer, wife found shot dead at home

Daughter dropping her children off made discovery

ANDOVER — The best man in John and Geraldine Magee's wedding four decades ago was in shock yesterday upon learning the couple was found shot and killed in their spacious 7 Orchard Crossing home.

Paul Mercandetti described John E. Magee Jr., the owner of a luxury residential construction company, as his best friend with whom he went through school growing up in Arlington.

"They were an incredibly warm family," Mercandetti said. "That is why this blows me away."

The bodies of John "Jack" Magee, 69, and Geraldine "Jeri" Magee, 67, were found by their daughter Holly Magee Senykoff in a first-floor room of the 9,877-square-foot home around 9:15 a.m. yesterday.

Senykoff was leaving her two children to be watched by her parents as she did every Wednesday and sometimes on weekends, Mercandetti said. The couple also have a son, John E. Magee III, who Mercandetti said was in the process of taking over the business.

According to state records the son is registered to vote at 7 Orchard Crossing. Friends of the family said he recently moved to Somerville.

Andover Police Chief Brian Pattullo said investigators have "no person of interest" in what he described as a double homicide.

"The incident appears to be an isolated act," Pattullo said. "The circumstances lead us to believe that there is no further threat to the Andover community."

He declined to elaborate why the public should not be concerned about a killer on the loose.

Police yesterday put out a bulletin seeking the couple's black Lexus SUV. Pattullo confirmed the SUV was found torched in front of 126 Prince St. in Boston's North End. The Boston Fire Department was called to the scene shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Pattullo would not offer any information on the circumstances behind the murders, including if a weapon had been found or the condition of the house inside.

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