Maynard town treasurer killed in Wayland, apparent victim of murder-suicide

Maynard town treasurer killed in Wayland, apparent victim of murder-suicide

WAYLAND, Mass. — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Wayland, according to the Middlesex County district attorney’s office.

Wayland police responded to a home on Adelaide Avenue around 8 p.m. Monday to a report of a death and found a 68-year-old woman resident in the garage dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. Police also found a 41-year-old man in the garage, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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On Tuesday, officials identified the 68-year-old woman as Cheryl Kane and the 41-year-old man as her son, Richard Junior.

“I heard a loud bang, I wasn’t sure what it was,” said Traci Tapply, a neighbor.

Tapply and other neighbors told police they heard loud bangs at about quarter to five on Monday afternoon.

In a statement, the Middlesex County DA said the investigation so far reveals that Richard Jr. shot and killed his mother in the garage just as she returned home from work and then turned the gun on himself.

But it wasn’t until 7:30 p.m., more than two and a half hours later, that police were notified.

“That man seems so nice, the dad, I’ve heard he helps everybody," said Tapply.

“It’s a horrible tragedy, just don’t expect it, especially in a town like Wayland,” said neighbor Dale Tapply.

Cheryl Kane was the Treasurer and Collector for the nearby town of Maynard.

Maynard’s Town Administrator, Gregory Johnson, said his staff is stunned after learning the news, saying, "She was a tremendous asset to our community, and we’re grateful for the contributions she made during her time with us.”

“This is terrible, I don’t know what’s happening with people now a days," said Elizabeth Gusty, a neighbor. "It’s insane. It’s tragic.”

Authorities provided no possible motive for the apparent murder suicide.

This case still considered open and active.

The deaths are being investigated by Wayland police, State police and the Middlesex County DA’s office.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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