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DA: Family Member Stabbed West Brookfield Mom, 3 Children to Death

Sara Bermudez and her three children were found dead inside a West Brookfield home on March 1

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    Cousin Charged in West Brookfield Murders

    An arrest has been made in a quadruple murder in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Prosecutors announced an arrest Wednesday in the murder of a mother and her three children earlier this year.

    • Sara Bermudez,her 8-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old son were found dead in a home in West Brookfield on March 1.

    • Mathew Locke is now charged in the killings and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

    A family member who was previously arrested for misleading investigators in a grisly quadruple homicide investigation now stands charged with four counts of murder.

    Matthew Locke, 32, of 20 Eddy St., Ware, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday and was ordered held without bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 18.

    The bodies of 38-year-old Sara Bermudez and her children, 8-year-old Madison, 6-year-old James and 2-year-old Michael, were found in their West Brookfield home on March 1 after police responded to their Old Warren Road address for a well-being check.

    Prosecutors said there was a fire at the scene that appeared to have extinguished itself. Responding officers said they observed that all four victims had suffered stab wounds.

    Deaths of Mother and 3 Children Investigated in Mass.

    [NECN] Deaths of Mother and 3 Children Investigated in Mass.

    Authorities are investigating after the bodies of a mother and three young children were found in a home in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

    (Published Friday, March 2, 2018)

    Sara Bermudez's husband, Moses Bermudez, was reportedly out of the state at the time of murders. He was arrested in mid-March for a disturbance at a pizza shop. Prosecutors said Wednesday that they are not looking at him in connection with the murders.

    Moses Bermudez said Wednesday he wants "someone to be held accountable" and to know why the murders happened. Prosecutors haven't cited a motive.

    Locke was accused of lying to police during the investigation earlier this year after he allegedly told authorities that Moses Bermudez, his cousin, suggested that members of the gang MS-13 were behind the murders. Locke also misrepresented his relationship with Sara Bermudez and the last time he was inside the Bermudez household, according to court documents. He has been in police custody since his arrest in March.

    At a press conference Wednesday, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said the investigation is still ongoing and asked for members of the public to call state police.

    "This has been a very difficult case for everyone involved," Early said. "You have young children involved."

    DNA and other evidence led to the murder charges, he said.

    Bodies of Woman and 3 Kids Found in West Brookfield

    [NECN] Bodies of Woman and 3 Kids Found in West Brookfield

    Authorities are investigating the suspicious deaths of a woman and three young children whose bodies were found in the bedroom of a home in West Brookfield, Mass.

    (Published Thursday, March 1, 2018)

    "I think it is a big relief that finally we've brought some closure to the case," added West Brookfield Police Chief Thomas O'Donnell. "It's still not closed, there's still work to do, but I think it definitely is a relief that we were able to make this arrest today."

    Locke's attorney was killed last month when a crowbar crashed through his car windshield. It wasn't immediately clear if he has a new lawyer.

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