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Merrimack Valley

November 15, 2012

Police release video in murder case

LAWRENCE — State police investigators released surveillance video they hope will help them solve Johann Miranda’s murder late last year.

Miranda, 29, of Fairhaven, died from multiple gunshot wounds after he was shot at 1:24 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2011 near Campagnone Common.

Early that morning, Miranda, who had come to the city to visit family, was out at dance clubs and then stopped to eat at a Latin Stars food truck parked on Jackson Street near Haverhill Street.

A fight erupted and Miranda was shot multiple times. The father of two was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About a dozen people were in the area when the shooting occurred.

State police detectives are hoping to identify at least three people in the surveillance video. After shots were fired, three people can be seen running to a car.

Miranda’s younger sister, Stephany Miranda, said derogatory comments about her family’s Dominican heritage were made during the argument and prior to the shooting, according to a published report.

Miranda’s murder was the 10th homicide in Lawrence in 2011, following 10 murders in the city in 2010. In 2012, there have been two murders in Lawrence to date.

Anyone with information about Miranda’s murder is asked to call State Police detectives at 978-745-8908.

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