Gardner Victim Murdered; Investigation Continues

January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565 or

508-368-7236

GARDNER — A Hubbardston man, found dead early Thursday morning on Waterford Street, was stabbed to death during an apparent drug transaction, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Christopher Starkweather, also known as C.J. Anderson, 23, of 150 Old Westminster Road, Hubbardston was found dead in front of 244 Waterford St. A second man, also a stabbing victim, was transported to an area hospital by friends. No other information will be released about that victim at this time.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Mr. Starkweather. The cause of death was listed as puncture wounds consistent with stabbing and the manner of death was listed as homicide, according to the autopsy report.

State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the Gardner Police are investigating. Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about the death to call State Police Detectives at 508-832-9124 or Gardner Police at 978-632-5600, ext. 0.