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125 attend funeral for Boston murder suspect

January 7, 1990

Undated (AP) _ By Matthew Brelis

Boston Globe

REVERE, Mass. - In a 102-year-old clapboard church, about 125 people gathered to pay their final respects to Charles Stuart, the man the nation once prayed for and now puzzles over.

″We cannot explain why the events of the past week took place, and we can never understand them,″ said the Rev. Richard Messina at Stuart’s funeral at Immaculate Conception Church, two blocks from his boyhood Revere home. ″We can certainly never understand them.″

But Messina said that God would forgive Stuart, the man who police say fatally shot his wife, Carol, who was seven months pregnant, and then turned the gun on himself in a scheme to cover up the crime as a botched robbery.

″Forgive whatever wrongs he may have done,″ Messina said.

Thursday morning, after learning that he was considered a suspect in the killing, Stuart committed suicide by jumping off the Tobin Bridge.

None of Carol Stuart’s relatives attended the funeral, although a relative of Charles Stuart did call her family prior to the service, a source said.

Among the mourners were Stuart’s parents, his two half-sisters and his three brothers, including 23-year-old Matthew, who went to police Wednesday afternoon to detail his knowledge of the killing, including his alleged role of disposing of the murder weapon after Charles Stuart passed it to him on a Mission Hill street.

Authorities are continuing to investigate Matthew Stuart’s role in the plot to kill Carol Stuart.

Stuart’s mother, Dorothy, sobbed as the family left the church. A relative said she has been scarred by the knowledge that her son is now reviled by many.

Stuart’s body was taken to Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

After the funeral, the family went to Reardon’s Restaurant & Lounge, a family-owned bar in Revere.

While many patrons cheered during the football playoff games, the family and a few close friends gathered quietly in a back room for a buffet, soft drinks and beer.

It was the same place the Stuarts gathered Oct. 28, after the funeral for Carol DiMaiti Stuart, which had been held at St. James Church in Medford and was attended by 800 people, including Gov. Michael Dukakis and Boston Mayor Flynn.

St. James was the church in which the Stuarts had been married four years earlier.

At her funeral, a friend of Stuart’s read a note written by Charles from his hospital bed as he recovered from his self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The note said: ″Now you sleep away from me. I will never again know the feeling of your hand in mine, but I will always feel you. I miss you and I love you.″

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