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Three Arraigned in 2003 Fitchburg Murder

December 30, 2015

Dec. 30, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey 508-368-7241

WORCESTER – Three men have been arraigned after being secretly indicted last week in the 2003 murder of Christian Perez in Fitchburg, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

A fourth defendant, Tony Ancrum of Lynn, was indicted in August and is scheduled to go on trial on March 17 in Worcester Superior Court.

Mitchell Rivera, 36, of Boston, was arraigned today in Worcester Superior Court on charges of murder, possession of ammunition without an FID card and illegal possession of a firearm not at home or work. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Tyrone Strong, 38, of Dorchester, and Giovanni Rivera Carrasquillo, 28, of Roxbury, are also being held without bail after being arraigned last week on the same charges.

Mr. Perez was shot to death about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2003 on Water Street in Fitchburg.

“These indictments were the result of terrific work by Fitchburg Police and the Unresolved Homicide Unit within the State Police Detective Unit assigned to our office,” Mr. Early said. “Even though time passes, we do not rest on these cases.”