Neighbor remembers Natick couple and calls deaths tragic

NATICK — Chester and Shirley Ju, the Natick husband and wife found dead in their Winter Street home Saturday, had two small black-and-white dogs who often ran across fenceless yards to play with other dogs, a neighbor said today.

“They’d run over to play with my dog, against her [Shirley Ju’s] wishes,” said Steve Evers, 61, who lives nearby and called the deaths tragic. “She would come over, and we’d talk a lot.”

On Saturday evening, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said police were called to 42 Winter St. for a report of a dead man. When they arrived, they found the bodies of Chester and Shirley Ju, both 64.

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A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office, Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, said she had no new information about the case today. She said she did not know when autopsy results would be available and declined to comment on the cause of death.

In a statement Saturday, the district attorney’s office called the deaths an “isolated incident” and said officials are not concerned about the public’s safety.

Natick police Lieutenant Brian Grassey referred all questions to the district attorney’s office.

Property records show the Jus bought the 2 ½ story home in 2005. Evers, who has lived up the road for 22 years, said he saw Shirley Ju around the neighborhood, but did not know her husband very well.

“We saw her often, because she was a gardner,” he said. “She had a beautiful flower garden.”

Earlier in the fall, Shirley Ju emailed neighbors and friends asking for donations to send to a charity in Africa. Evers’ wife left some clothing, blankets, toothpaste, and soap on her doorstep.

Shirley Ju loved Halloween, Evers and other neighbors said. The curving driveway leading to the Jus’ home was dotted with decorations — a plastic skull with a gauzy, ghostly body hung from a branch, and a small witch in a purple cloak stood on a stick in front of the mailbox.

But when neighborhood children knocked on the door during their trick-or-treat route Thursday night, nobody answered, Evers and other neighbors said.

“Our neighbor said that on Halloween evening, no lights were on over there, which is very unusual,” Evers said.

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