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November 21, 2013

Port grad sought in slaying

SALISBURY — The Liberty Street beach house searched by police last Friday in connection with the gruesome discovery of charred body parts in Bridgewater and Hyde Park was rented by Newburyport High School graduate Reginald Cummings, an aspiring rapper with a lengthy criminal record.

No one has been charged in the case, however a police source told The Daily News that Cummings is being sought by police as a “person of interest.” A landlord of the Liberty Street apartment confirmed to The Daily News that Cummings had rented the apartment in September.

While authorities would not confirm the name of the man whose body parts was found last week, family and friends believe it is the remains of 24-year-old Dennis Ray Jackson of Boston. Jackson, who also goes by the name Nikko, has also had addresses in Amesbury, Salisbury, and Hampton, N.H., within the past few years, according to police arrest logs.

The body parts were found inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison last Wednesday night. The following morning, more burnt body parts were found outside a Hyde Park building. On Friday, a large number of police converged on Cummings’ apartment, which they searched for hours. Police sources have told The Daily News that Jackson may have been killed in the Salisbury apartment.

Police and prosecutors have released virtually no information on the crime, and an extensive investigation continues. However, information from friends and family members, court and police records have begun to paint a picture of the relationship between Jackson and Cummings, as well as some of their associations with well-known criminal gangmembers who have operated for years in the Salisbury/Newburyport/Amesbury area.

A fundraising web site created by Jackson’s sister, Denise Jackson, described Dennis Jackson as 24 years old and the father of three children, among them a three-month-old infant. Before it was edited yesterday the site described how Jackson’s body was found in multiple locations. Several of Jackson’s friend posted photos of him on their Facebook pages and included the link to the online fundraiser.

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