A year after the triple murder on Harding Avenue in Waltham, family and friends of the victims are pushing to keep the case in the public eye and keep the memory of their loved ones alive.
About 20 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9 p.m., across the street form the Waltham Police Department, which has been investigating the case.
In hushed tones, family and friends recalled their memories of Brendan Mess, Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken, whose bodies were discovered on Sept. 12, 2011, in Mess’s apartment at 12 Harding Ave. Authorities ruled the deaths as homicide, but never named suspects or made arrests in the case.
The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office recently told Waltham Patch it is still pursuing leads in the case and hopes to get justice for the three men and their families.
With no significant news publicly emerging since the murders, family and friends hope publicizing the case will lead to developments.
Friends and family who attended the vigil recalled the trio as fun-loving men who were giving. Weissman’s sister, Aria, told Waltham Patch her brother was always willing to assist somebody in need. He visited his sister at work hours before he was killed, just to say hello.
“He would give his shirt off of his back for somebody,” Aria Weissman said.
Weissman dreamed of moving to Los Angeles where he owned a glass company, his sister said.
“He was a really good person,” she said.
Mess, a boxer, was a tough guy who was always willing to defend somebody but displayed a goofy, generous side as well, according to friends and family.
“He was definitely caring. He put other people first,” said his brother, Dylan.
Ashley Goodwin, who was close with Mess since they attended Cambridge Ridge & Latin School, said Mess was a great friend and her helped through a tough part of her life. She said she used to have sushi and Indian food lunches with Mess.
“He just really took care of people,” Goodwin said. “He was a really great friend.”
Friends said Teken was generous, kind and worked many different jobs in the area. Dylan Mess, who was close with Teken, said he was a generous, “one of a kind type of guy.” Mess said Teken worked as a valet parking attendant on Moody Street and for T-Mobile at the Arsenal Mall in Watertown.
Teken had higher dreams. He wanted to enroll in law school, according to City Councilor Gary Marchese, who works as an attorney. Marchese said he met Teken several years ago when Teken parked Marchese’s car on Moody Street.
“He was fascinated with the law… we kind of forged a friendship over that common ground,” said Marchese, who represents the district that encompasses 12 Harding Ave. “I know him to be a very decent, intense young man.”
As investigators continue to pursue the trio’s killers, friends and family are hoping their memory stays alive.
“They all taught us to live life to the fullest,” said a close friend of Mess and Teken, who asked to not be named.