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Killings in Lynnfield were over baby name, police say

Joseph Cummings, 51, allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend, 35-year-old Kimberly Nguyen, her sister, and himself over the baby’s last name. The two shared a home on Ledge Road in Lynnfield. Allegedly they got into an argument in their bedroom because she wanted to hyphenate the name and he did not. Nguyen’s sister, 29-year-old Lilly J. Nguyen, apparently heard the gunshots and jumped out of a second story window in another bedroom. It is alleged that Cummings fatally shot her from the window as she lay on the lawn and then killed himself.
Kimberly Nguyen’s 12-year-old daughter hid in another room and ran to a neighbor’s house after she heard the last gun shot.

Residents were shocked by the incident as were customers of Nguyen’s East Boston nail salon. One customer told the Boston Globe that she had attended the couple’s baby shower on Friday and that the two seemed to be happy.

A medical examiner is determining whether Cummings had drugs or alcohol in his system. He was not licensed to carry a firearm. Lynnfield police said that they had never been called to the residence for domestic issues before and that there is no record Nguyen filing any restraining orders against Cummings. Cummings did have two restraining orders against him in 1998 and 2000, however.

So far this year, there have been 28 domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts. Domestic violence is a serious problem in Massachusetts and throughout the country, and if you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side. When a person reports domestic violence to police, it doesn’t matter whether or not they want to press charges against you.

Source: The Boston Globe, Police say Lynnfield killings were over baby name

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