Lawrence Police Arrest Man For 1st Degree Murder at YMCA

Tom Duggan – 11-13-17

Lawrence Police and Massachusetts State Police arrested a Lawrence man Monday for the murder of Jose Bergos, (53) at the rooming house of the Lawrence YMCA. Bergos was a resident there.

Police arrested Martin Roriguez, (61) at the police station after the body of Bergos was found in the rooming house around 8AM. An autopsy will be conducted by the Essex County Chief Medical Examiner in Boston to determine official cause of death.

Rodriguez will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Tuesday morning.

Tom Duggan

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8 Responses to Lawrence Police Arrest Man For 1st Degree Murder at YMCA

  1. gubscout Reply

    November 14, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Tragic news but it’s also another example of the type of despicable individuals that live at the Lawrence YMCA (and other rooming houses in the area), but this should come as no surprise to anyone who lives in the Lawrence or Methuen area either for that matter, let’s be clear about that.
    This is EXACTLY how HUD WASTES our tax dollars (The YMCA ‘SRO’ program is provided with funding on the federal level-via the Lawrence Housing Authority), in lockstep with the Social Security Administration-of course (a.k.a. welfare) and people like Elizabeth Melendez (Greater Lawrence Action Council, Inc. on Essex Street), who actually advocate the Spanish (and others, not trying to label every single Spanish person a derelict or a rogue, mind you) to collect SSI (i.e., FREE MONEY and FOOD STAMPS, and MASSHEALTH, etc), and encourages them to take progressive medication, so they will ultimately become sub-humans going around claiming they are “BI-POLAR” (whatever that means) all the while feeding their filthy drug habits and whatnot, so they don’t have to work, and of course to do nothing, all day every day, and over time, become more inclined to commit hostile and aggressive acts towards their neighbors at the ‘Y’ and throughout Lawrence.
    The YMCA AND the Housing Authority absolutely should take personal responsibility and take the full initiative, and completely overhaul the ENTIRE SRO Program. The YMCA allows virtually anyone, regardless of whether or not they have a criminal record, or whom are drug addicts, or people who SHOULD be in prison, to take up residence there, with only a simple CORI check (yep, that’s all) required to become a member of the “druggie” YMCA. Disgusting.
    I unfortunately lived at that building myself, from 1999-2007, so I know first-hand the very type of criminality and violence these low-lifes are capable of carrying out, believe me. After I moved out, residents routinely came up to me and told me ‘how bad things became after I moved out.’
    That building is full of animals, and no-good people, who should not be living there, take my word for it.
    Will Lawrence Housing or the YMCA (or the Lawrence city counselors or even dare I say, the mayor) take action in an earnest effort to prevent another killing at the Y?? I don’t think so. They won’t, because all the people who are in charge are sleazy, amoral people, and ONLY care about themselves, receiving their paychecks, and generally don’t give a damn about the animals who reside at the Lawrence YMCA.
    In my opinion, they should be FORCED to do something.
    If they won’t do anything about the residency problems, then perhaps they should thoroughly consider demolishing all the rooms and converting them into offices or anything more constructive to benefit the Lawrence community.

    • Carmen Reply

      November 15, 2017 at 7:39 AM

      I agree with u.

      Sadly but true…

  2. Carmen Reply

    November 15, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    I agree with u ..sadly but true ..

  3. Gerry perry Reply

    November 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    All this free stuff should go to people, with mental problems!

  4. Glenn Steeves Reply

    November 17, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    So if you lived there didn’t you fit the profile that you Where a low life or are you saying after you moved out it changed because you weren’t there to control them

    • gubscout Reply

      November 17, 2017 at 9:58 AM

      No, stupid, you know NOTHING about my personal life, and don’t ever assume you do. It’s none of your business anyway.
      I have never been a drug addict like you and I work for a living and moved on and made a better life for myself, unlike you and your stupid family.
      I’m one of the FEW success stories of the YMCA.
      You must be one of the druggie animals that I was referring to.
      Take a hike internet troll.

  5. Just Facts Reply

    March 29, 2018 at 12:28 AM

    Jose Burgos was a Drug Addicted Child Molester Alcoholic Thief Lying Bumb he was also a Deadbeat dad his son was killled in Brockton at the age of 17 probably lost in the streets because he had no Dad! The world is a better place with him! Sorry Not Sorry

  6. Just Facts Reply

    March 29, 2018 at 12:29 AM

    WITHOUT * him!!!

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