A luxurious mansion and an unsolved murder set the tone for Memorial Day weekend in Lynnefield.
A group of friends who said they were old college friends rented a modern mansion for the holiday weekend. But their party spiraled out of control early Sunday, and a shootout left one man dead, the Boston Globe reported.
Police found Keivan Heath, 33, of Randolph, at the property, 8 Needham Road, at approximately 3 a.m., according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.
Kimball-Monahan said no arrests have been made yet.
Heath was transported to North Shore Medical Center Union Hospital in Lynn, where he was later pronounced dead, the spokeswoman said.
"[The renter] briefly mentioned he didn’t know the victim or the shooter," Styller said. "He is definitely in shock, as are we all."
Styller added that he has been making the 5,000-square-foot property available for short-term rentals, like family reunions and corporate outings.
"I specifically say I don’t rent for large parties," he said.
The homeowner said he made an exception because he was told it was a college reunion for adults, and was under the impression the renters would be "very responsible."
But the Herald spoke to a neighbor who said that wasn't the case. The neighbor, who declined to give her name, said the party was underway by 11 a.m. Saturday.
"The rap music was reverberating throughout the neighborhood," she said. "There were lots of cars, girls walking up and down the street in bikinis. I’m shocked. This is a quiet neighborhood. A neighborhood that’s been stable for the past 40 years."
The property, which rents for upward of $1,400 per night. The property sleeps 11, and boasts a three-car heated garage, a heated pool, spa and cabana, and hardwood floors throughout.
Styller said he plans to continue renting the property.
Massachusetts State Police and Lynnfield Police are investigating the incident.