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Massachusetts Man Arrested In Connection With Murder Victims Found Dismembered In Rubber Bins In Storage Unit

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Source: Medford Police Department; UNSPLASH

Apr. 17 2023, Published 9:39 a.m. ET

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A Massachusetts man was arrested in connection with the murders of two men whose dismembered bodies were found inside rubber bins in a storage unit.

Leonid Volkov, 37, is accused of murder after he allegedly fatally stabbed Kiryl Schukin, 37, and Pavel Vekshin, 28, the Middlesex County District Attorney said.

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Schukin and Vekshin were reported missing on April 9 by concerned friends and coworkers. Investigators said they made the grisly discovery of the victims’ remains after executing a search warrant five days later on a storage unit in Brighton the suspect allegedly had rented in one of the murdered men’s names.

“Upon entry into the unit they were able to locate the bodies of both men inside rubber storage bins,” the DA said. “The body of a man, tentatively identified as Kiryl Schukin, had been dismembered. Bleach, rubber gloves and items belonging to the deceased were also located.”

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Police learned one of the victims, Schukin, had agreed to be a guarantor on a rental apartment lease for the suspect. Volkov was eventually evicted from the unit when Schukin declined to act as guarantor for the lease extension.

Investigators said after Schukin and Vekshin were last seen alive, video allegedly shows Volkov entering and leaving the man’s apartment building.

A U-Haul truck police believe Volkov allegedly used to transport the murder victims’ belongings was later located at the storage unit.

The investigation is ongoing.

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