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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Reading, Mass.) - Two bouquets of flowers rest on Joseph Ronan's doorstep in Reading, Massachusetts. Left by a family friend, they are reminders that this community stands behind the Ronan family.
"They are a wonderful family, he's a wonderful kid."
Throughout the morning, Joseph's friends and family have held vigil at the home on Lawrence road, too upset to speak with NECN on camera, but standing in solidarity with one another.
On Monday police found 22-year-old Joseph Ronan shot to death inside his own home. Ronan was a star hockey player for Reading High School before his graduation in 2007. He was reportedly ready to join the military in just a matter of weeks.
Police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office have called his death suspicious and say only that they are looking for a white male in connection.
"Never any trouble, no police, none of that. Very kind folks. It's just another tragedy here in town. Someone's been murdered someone has lost their life and it's very unsettling."