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Natick couple’s Nov. deaths called murder-suicide by Middlesex DA

A married couple who were found dead inside their home in Natick in November died as a result of a murder-suicide, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said Wednesday.

An investigation reached the conclusion that Chester Ju killed his wife, Shirley Ju, and then killed himself. Shirley Ju died from “multiple sharp force injuries’’ and Chester Ju then hanged himself, Ryan said in a statement.

No motive for Chester Ju’s actions was identified by prosecutors. Both Chester and Shirley Ju were 64 years old, prosecutors said.

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Natick police responded to the Ju home at 42 Winter St. on Nov. 2 to investigate a report of a deceased man inside. Arriving officers discovered the body of the husband, then the body of the wife.

Ryan said the murder of Shirley Ju was part of a disturbing trend of increased fatal domestic violence between couples over the age of 60.

“Inside this large suburban home in a quiet, residential neighborhood, Shirley Ju was allegedly murdered by her husband,” Ryan said. “This case is a tragic reminder that domestic violence is an epidemic that knows no age, gender, socio-economic, or educational bounds. I remain committed to prevention and intervention through community partnerships and close collaboration of domestic violence advocates, elder abuse advocates, hospitals and other stakeholders to better identify and respond to abuse in older relationships.”

The Globe reported last November that property records showed the Jus bought the 2½-story home in 2005. A long-time resident told the Globe she often saw Shirley Ju around the neighborhood and that she was a gardener. The husband was not as well-known.

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