Medical examiner: Northampton man’s death in Chesterfield a homicide 

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Staff Writer

Published: 01-31-2023 2:01 PM

CHESTERFIELD — A 27-year-old Northampton man found dead in Chesterfield more than a month ago died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso, along with multiple blunt force injuries, according to a copy of the death certificate obtained by the Gazette on Tuesday.

Johnathan Letendre’s death is listed as a homicide on the certificate issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

Letendre was a Northampton resident who worked as a general manager at a Dunkin’ Donuts location in the city. He was killed on Dec. 26 near South Street in Chesterfield.

A Northwestern district attorney’s office spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the circumstances of Letendre’s death remains under investigation, and that no charges have been filed in the case.

“It’s very bizarre,” said Alan Goldstone, who was a close acquaintance of Letendre. “He was a good kid. He did not deserve to have this happen to him.”

Goldstone added that Letendre’s vehicle, a 2017 Dodge Challenger, was recovered at the scene, but that the keys to the vehicle have yet to be recovered.

The district attorney’s office first released Letendre’s name on Jan. 3, but have not listed any other names involved in the case, only saying the public was not considered to be in any danger at this time.

Alexander MacDougall can be reached at amacdougall@gazettenet.com.

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