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Suspect Appears in Court Wearing Handcuffs of Officer Killed in Crash

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    Michael Ricci, an 18-year-old charged in a crash that killed Somerville Police Officer Louis Remigio, appeared in juvenile court on a probation violation in connection to an unrelated case.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    A teenager charged in connection with a Massachusetts police officer's death was arraigned Wednesday in Lowell Juvenile Court on a probation violation.

    Sources told NBC Boston that Michael Ricci, 18, of Burlington, was led into court wearing the handcuffs of the Somerville police officer who was killed Sunday in a crash allegedly caused by Ricci in New Hampshire.

    New Hampshire police said Ricci may have been racing other vehicles on Interstate 95 south in Hampton when he veered into oncoming traffic, striking a motorcycle operated by 55-year-old officer Louis Remigio. The officer was off-duty at the time.

    Remigio died at a hospital late Monday night. Ricci was not injured.

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    Michael Ricci, who was charged in the fatal crash that killed a police officer, is facing a judge for unrelated charges.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    Ricci has an extensive history with law enforcement dating back many years which includes traffic and drug offenses, according to sources.

    Police said Ricci was taken into custody Tuesday at his home in Burlington, Massachusetts. Police said the alleged probation violation was related to an incident that occurred before Sunday morning's crash.

    Remigio was a 30-year veteran of the Somerville Police Department and a single father of two adult daughters following the death of his wife last year.

    Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Police Chief David Fallon remembered Remigio. 

    "If you want an officer responding to you when you're in need, you want it to be Officer Remigio," Fallon said. "Brave, courageous, gentle, empathetic, kind... he epitomized 21st century policing." 

    "We'll never fill the void of Officer Remigio," he added. "But we're going to do what we do every day. We're going to answer the bell." 

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    Eighteen-year-old Mike Ricci was arrested on an outstanding warrant after posting bail in the crash that left Louis Remigio, an off-duty police officer, dead.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017)

    Remigio received multiple awards for service to the community, including two Life-Saving Awards, a Meritorious Service Award, a Beyond the Call of Duty Award, and numerous commendations by his colleagues and community members. 

    "His loss will be immeasurable in the Somerville Police Department, and today we grieve as a community for Officer Remigio, for his family, and for his brothers and sisters in the Somerville Police Department," Curtatone said. 

    Remigio's body was taken from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to a Somerville funeral home on Tuesday in a hearse escorted by dozens of motorcycle officers from multiple departments. 

    His wake is scheduled for Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Doherty Funeral Home in Somerville. His funeral mass is expected to be held on Friday. 

    Ricci has been charged with felony reckless conduct in connection with the New Hampshire crash. His driver's license has also been revoked. Police have said he could still face additional charges.

    It was not immediately clear if Ricci had a lawyer.

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