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Markoff grandfather: 'He's a wonderful boy'
By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff
The grandfather of Philip Markoff described his grandson today as a "wonderful boy," saying he was taken aback by allegations that the young Boston University medical student attacked women he met on Craigslist.
"I'm shocked," said the grandfather, Jerome Markoff, a lawyer in Maryland. "This is not my grandson. I know my grandson. I hate to see a rush to judgment. I hate to see it. He's a wonderful boy, just absolutely wonderful, and couldn't be better. I'm proud of him and proud of his abilities as a medical student. He always wanted to be a doctor."
Jerome Markoff added: "He's never gotten into trouble, never, never, never. That's why it's shocking."
Last night police arrested Philip Markoff and charged him with robbery and murder. The 23-year-old is expected to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court.