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Escalation to homicide; Words and a punch, and then it got deadly.

Byline: Bradford L. Miner

FITCHBURG - The Labor Day mood was somber at Meadowbrook Village yesterday afternoon, as residents gathered in small groups outside their apartments, talking quietly about the double homicide that marred the end-of-summer holiday weekend.

Two teenage friends were dead, a third was hospitalized and two Mechanic Street brothers are charged with murder, the result of a melee 36 hours earlier in which knives, guns and a machete spoke louder than words of reason.

In minutes, the fabric of the Meadowbrook neighborhood was torn as a result of what Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. called a "completely preventable tragedy."

Pedro Genoa, 17, of 137 Meadowbrook Lane, and Nelson Geraldino, 18, of 15 Crestview Lane, died. Ronny Genoa, of 137 Meadowbrook Lane, remains hospitalized as a result of an altercation about 4:30 a.m. Sunday at 96 Mechanic St. Authorities said the three men were involved in a dispute with Orville Carrion, 22, and Jose Carrion, 27, of 96 Mechanic St., Apt. 3.

The fight centered on the Carrion brothers' car blocking the driveway when the three other men tried to leave for home.

The Carrion brothers have been charged with murder. Ronny Genoa has been charged with assault to commit murder and mayhem.

Mr. Early and Police Chief Robert A. DeMoura, speaking yesterday at an afternoon news conference at police headquarters, said the investigation into the dispute was continuing. He said there is no evidence the incident stemmed from a drug or gang nexus.

That was no solace, however, for sisters Rosemary and Laura Fermin. They stood in the doorway of 137 Meadowbrook Lane and spoke tenderly of the brothers they had dated in recent years.

Laura Fermin, 15, said it was 8 Sunday morning when she learned that her boyfriend, Pedro Genoa, had been taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

"When I got to the hospital, he was dead," she said.

Laura said she was not at the gathering in the first-floor apartment at 96 Mechanic St. at which Ronny and Pedro Genoa and Mr. Geraldino, also a resident of the Meadowbrook neighborhood, got into a fight with the Carrion brothers.

Rosemary Fermin said she was not there either, but believes a punch was thrown, and the fight escalated from words to deadly violence.

Mr. Early said investigators believe "the entire incident was preventable had cooler heads prevailed."

To ensure that cooler heads prevail today, and perhaps for the rest of the week, Chief DeMoura said the department would "have a presence" at Fitchburg High School and the Longsjo Middle School.

Mr. Early said when police arrived at the Mechanic Street apartment, three males were lying on the ground bleeding and a fourth was standing bleeding from the head and arm with serious injuries. A fifth had less serious lacerations.

He said Nelson Geraldino and Pedro and Ronny Genoa got into an argument with Orville and Jose Carrion when they asked that a car blocking theirs be moved.

"Words were exchanged. A knife, handgun and machete were used in the ensuing fight," Mr. Early said.

"Mr. Geraldino, who was stabbed several times, was pronounced dead at UMass HealthAlliance Leominster Campus, about 5:15 a.m. Pedro Genoa, who suffered a stab wound and a gunshot wound, died later in the day at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester," the district attorney said.

Mr. Early said Ronny Genoa remains hospitalized, in stable condition with gunshot wounds, at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester.

The Carrion brothers have been charged with murder and are being held $150,000 bail. Ronny Genoa, who is under police guard, is charged with assault to commit murder and mayhem and is also being held on $150,000 bail.

The Carrion brothers are to be arraigned today in Fitchburg District Court.

Mr. Early said Orville Carrion had a license to carry a handgun.

Chief DeMoura said police had been called at 3 a.m. Sunday to the first-floor apartment at 96 Mechanic St. for a disturbance and a fight outside, but when officers arrived all was quiet.

The police chief, in response to reporters' questions, said he did not believe there was a culture of violence in the city because of the number of homicides.

Chief DeMoura said there were no common factors linking the crimes.

"The real tragedy here is that this was a crime that didn't have to happen. Had words and cooler heads prevailed, we wouldn't be here this afternoon," Mr. Early said.


CUTLINE: (1) Alex Montalvo, left, a friend of the late Pedro Genoa, Laura Fermin, Pedro's girlfriend, and Elvis Genoa, 20, older brother of Pedro, 17, and Ronny Genoa, 18, speak Monday with reporters. (2) District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. speaks Monday about the double homicide outside 96 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, early Sunday morning. At right is Fitchburg Police Chief Robert A. DeMaura.


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Date:Sep 8, 2009
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