Family of slain Andover couple says they will be missed dearly

The family of Geraldine and John Magee, the Andover couple found slain earlier this week, issued a statement today thanking all the people who have “expressed their sympathy and offered their prayers.’’

“Jeri and Jack were wonderful individuals and a gift to all who knew them. We will miss them dearly,’’ the statement said.

The family also thanked State and local police as well, as well as Essex County prosecutors and other state agencies that are “working so diligently to solve this tragic and senseless crime.’’

“The families are not able to make any further statements at this time as they are cooperating with the investigation,’’ the statement continued, asking for privacy from the public and the media as they deal with the tragedy.

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Investigators have yet to identify any suspects in the fatal shootings at 7 Orchard Crossing, a quiet side street in Andover. The couple’s bodies were found Wednesday morning.

But police believe that more than one person may have carried out the murders, a law enforcement source said today.

The slayings were not part of a robbery, the source added.

Police have remained tight-lipped about the homicides, the first in Andover in nearly a decade. They have assured residents that the killings were not random. The couple’s car was taken from their home and found torched in Boston’s North End.

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