Oberlin grad arrested in quadruple homicide

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@aimmediamidwest.com

A recent Oberlin Conservatory graduate is the prime suspect in a quadruple murder Friday in Groton, Mass.

Orion Krause, 22, of Rockport, Mass., allegedly killed an elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women, according to police.

They responded to a domestic violence complaint that led to the discovery of bodies at a home just down the street. Three of the bodies were found inside of the house and one was found outside.

Investigators called it a tragic instance of “family violence,” though the names of the victims have not been released.

Police said they are all related, but did not disclose how.

The victims appear to have died from blunt force trauma — they were bludgeoned to death.

Krause was arrested not long after the bodies were found in the rural Massachusetts community of about 10,000 residents, located about 40 miles northwest of Boston.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to the homicide charges.

“On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, our community was rocked by inconceivable violence. The investigation is ongoing and our department is working around the clock. This was an isolated incident and the residents of Groton are not at risk,” police posted on Facebook.

Krause studied jazz at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and was among the college’s graduates in May.

His Facebook page includes a video of Afro-Cuban drumming in Oberlin, information on his senior recital this past April, and a check-in at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation last October.

He had sometimes performed the drums around town, including small jazz ensemble gigs at Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, a jam session at Lorenzo’s Pizzeria in December, and a commencement recital in May at Finney Chapel.

“The nature of this crime is horrific, and the grief of family and friends immeasurable. And yet Orion is one of our own,: Oberlin College president Carmen Ambar and Conservatory dean Andrea Kalyn wrote in an email that went out acrtoss campus.

“We recognize that this news may be difficult to process. We encourage you to seek any support you need and to help others around you connect to resources.”

The college made gathering spaces, counseling, and other support services available to those who needed it.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk