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New Yorker charged with murdering artist whose body was found in Jackson Square woods

Pippin Roe

Boston Police report Boston and New York detectives teamed up today to arrest a man wanted for killing Pippin Roe, 40, whose body was found in a wooded area near 1542 Columbus Ave. on July 13, 2014.

Ritcher Baez, 24, of New York, was charged with murder.

According to her obituary, Roe had studied at the MFA School and the San Francisco Art Institute.

A talented artist, she especially enjoyed painting flowers, had several shows of her paintings, and recently won an award in the Fitchburg Museum "Spring into Bloom" show. Of late she had embraced beading with semiprecious stones. Her laugh was contagious. She loved performance art, dancing and drama and participated in numerous performances over her short life. Pip was a member for years of YRUU (Unitarian Religious Youth Group) and belonged to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Fitchburg, Mass.

Innocent, etc.

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I didn't recall this case, but your earlier post noted that three men were sought and found in connection with the case. I'm guessing the guy charged wasn't one of them?

As with most murders, odd and sad. I hope this brings some closure to her family.

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Oh, yes, this post; will try to find out.

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haven't seen her in over twenty years, but i still remember the bright sound of pippin's laughter. as always, wishing peace to her friends and family. this arrest will offer them little solace, but perhaps it will bring some closure.

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What was the motive / context?

I'm glad that the killer was caught and sorry she lost her life, but the story lacks details. Does anyone know what led up to this? Generally speaking one doesn't find art student types dead in Jackson Sq.

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At his arraignment, which will probably happen the day after he's brought up here from New York (where he probably first has to go through an extradition hearing).

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Have there been any updates to this?

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As a result of an ongoing death investigation by the Boston Police Homicide Unit, statements from witnesses known to the Commonwealth, surveillance footage and statements from the defendant Ritcher Baez, who stated post Miranda; he initially denied assaulting the victim and on the second interview admitted that after verbal and physical altercation in the immediate area where the body was located, he assaulted the victim causing her to become unconscious. In addition, he took custody of the victims' personal belonging and threw them in a nearby dumpster, located in the Academy Homes Housing Development. The defendant did by such assault and beating kill the victim, Pippin Roe. Therefore, we are requesting an arrest warrant subsequently charging the defendant, Ritcher Baez with Murder, Chapter 265 sec.1.

http://bpdnews.com/solved-cases/

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I remember her as a teenager. It's great that she had become a successful artist, but so sad that such is now cut short.

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I'm glad there is an arrest - another sad story of a life violently cut short. But, I don't remember hearing about this incident back in July. Did the media cover it?

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I was surprised to see the original UHub post since I don't remember hearing anything about this and I live in the area.

So sad. It's striking that there are two posters with distinctive memories of her from years ago--she sounds like such an intriguing person.

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I remember hearing about it, but it stuck in my mind because I live not far from here and it happened in the daylight. The photos of the three suspects entering the Jackson Square T station got coverage for a few days. This happened around the same time that there were a number of killings around Stonybrook and Egleston, so it may have blurred in the media coverage with that.

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but it was small news, not big news. it took them almost a month to identify her body, so at first she was just another nameless victim. in fact, at the time, it wasn't even clear that she was a victim, as there were no signs of foul play and her death was not considered suspicious. it's only as they identified her and investigated more that it became clear there was more to the story.

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The medical examiner only ruled her death a homicide last week.

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I saw this on the news this morning and couldn't, or didn't want to, believe my ears. I've often wondered and worried about Pippin over the years but could not have guessed she would meet such a terrible and sad fate. She was my neighbor and friend in J.P. while she attended art school 20 years ago. We had many great times together and she was loved by a lot of friends. I even visited her family's home in Greenville NH and met her dad and brother. She was a very talented artist with a great sense of humor and full of life. I remember she had an idea for a band name called The Tea and Toast Experience, which makes me chuckle to this day. I just feel terrible for Pippin and her family. May she rest in peace and be with God.

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