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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Waltham man’s murder stuns family

7-15-2006 Massachusetts:
.Claire Cochran said she didn’t believe the news when she heard rumors her brother had been murdered in a Roxbury apartment. "I just didn’t believe it was true," she said yesterday. "I don’t know what brought this about. I don’t know why he was there."

Ronald Perry, 37, was a Level 2 sex offender and drug addict who was born and raised in Waltham, Waltham Police and his family said. He was found stabbed to death in a Cheney Street apartment June 22 by officers who went there around 7 a.m. to conduct a well-being check, Boston Police said.

"There is no indication that this victim has any ties to, or resides at (72 Cheney St.)," police wrote in a press release. A Suffolk County District Attorney spokesman referred all questions to Boston Police. A police spokesman could not be reached for further comment yesterday. "When something like this happens, people talk about it," said Cochran, a Myrtle Street resident.

"I just didn’t believe it was true." She said police have told her family little about the investigation. "I had never heard that (Roxbury) address before," she said. "I wish I knew. I’m hoping at some point, somebody has some answers for us." [snip]

James Perry Sr. said his son was dead for about a week before anyone found him. His body was identified through fingerprints and a description of his tattoos, but family members were not allowed to see him, he said. Waltham Detective James Auld said Perry was a Level 2 sex offender. He was charged with indecent assault and battery on person 14 or older in October 1994. He said Perry was "cooperative" and "a gentleman" who often came to him for advice.

Perry even built front steps at Auld’s mother’s house last summer. "I feel like I had a good relationship with Ronald, but his problems were greater than anything I could do for him," said Auld. "He seemed like he wanted to be in compliance. He seemed like he wanted to get his life back in order and couldn’t get it done. It seems like he had a lot of demons he just couldn’t conquer." ..more.. : by Jennifer Roy, Daily News Staff

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