Jerry Remy Heartbroken Over Martel Murder

Jerry Remy has broken his silence about the arrest of his son Jared Remy for the murder of girlfriend Jennifer Martel.

The former Boston Red Sox second baseman and longtime team broadcaster issued a statement through his Twitter account.

Jerry Remy’s Twitter statement read as follows:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jenn Martel and her family. Words cannot describe my wife’s and my grief. Words cannot describe my wife’s and my grief. Son or not, I am at loss for words articulating my disgust and remorse over this senseless and tragic act. We are heartbroken.”

Jared Remy, 34, stands accused of stabbing Jennifer Martel, 27, to death on Thursday night. Her four-year-old daughter was in the apartment during the alleged attack, but she was unharmed. Arrested at the scene, Remy pleaded not guilty to murder and domestic assault in a court appearance yesterday in Waltham, Mass., and is being held without bail. The Boston Herald reports that the younger Remy has a “violent criminal history.”

Jared Remy had been arrested Tuesday night in connection with domestic violence but was let go the following day. The Boston Globe reports that “Multiple members of the Martel family have told the Globe that Jennifer did not pursue a restraining order due to pressure from members of Remy’s family. Jerry Remy and other members of the family have not responded to multiple attempts for comment in response to that charge.”

Jerry Remy has taken a leave of absence from his Red Sox broadcasting duties on the NESN sports network, and his return date is undetermined at this time. In a statement, NESN said that “This morning, we learned of a terrible tragedy. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox, along with Jerry Remy, are filled with grief for everyone involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Jennifer Martel.”

Jerry Remy — affectionately known to the fans as the “RemDawg” — played second base for the Boston Red Sox from 1978 through 1984 and has been the beloved color commentator on Red Sox game broadcasts on the NESN TV network since 1988. In recent years, Remy has battled some health issues which caused his absence from the telecasts for several intervals.