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News brief: Apparent homicide at Shopper’s World in Framingham

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Credit: Edge Wheeler
On Saturday, April 20, the body of a man was discovered near the dumpster behind Hot Table Panini, a sandwich shop located in Framingham’s Shoppers World. The Framingham Police Department (FPD) labeled the incident as an apparent homicide.

On Saturday, April 20, the body of a man was discovered near the dumpster behind Hot Table Panini, a sandwich shop located in Framingham’s Shoppers World. The Framingham Police Department (FPD) labeled the incident as an apparent homicide. On Tuesday, April 23, the FPD identified the victim as 30-year-old Hot Table employee Anthony Junior Lopez.

On Saturday, April 20, FPD officials responded to a call informing them of a “deceased male party in the trash area behind [Hot Table Panini],” at approximately 10 p.m.. Since the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner deemed the cause of his death to be “obvious trauma to the body,” the death is being investigated as a homicide. The investigation is being conducted and led by members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, including Massachusetts State Police Detectives and the FPD.

The dumpster area, shared by World Market and Hot Table Panini, where Lopez’s body was found Saturday night. (Credit: Edge Wheeler)

In an interview, Lopez’s ex-girlfriend Monica Thompson described Lopez as “always a hard worker” and a “great dad” to their one-year-old son.

“I still have love for him,” Thompson said in the interview. “It’s just not okay for him to go out this way. He’s so young. He’s only 30-years-old. It’s very hard, very hard. [I] just hope somebody, even if it’s somebody anonymously, says something and gets justice for him.”

Lopez’s sister, Christina Caraballo, organized a GoFundMe, where she described her late brother as a goofy, loving and outgoing person.

“He [is] leaving behind a son that he loved so much,” Caraballo said on the GoFundMe page. “He had a beautiful smile that lit up the room. My baby brother was the joy in our hearts, he was such a beautiful person in and out.”

Being about a 10 minute drive away from Wayland High School, Framingham’s Shopper’s World is a popular location for some Wayland community members to shop and get food.

A memorial site was created outside of Hot Table Panini by grieving community members. They left contributions of flowers and candles in memory of Lopez. (Credit: Alex Evangelista)

“It is scary to me that this can happen in a community like [Framingham],” a Shopper’s World patron who requested to remain anonymous said. “I have eaten at Hot Table Panini numerous times, and while I didn’t know specifically who [Lopez] was, I imagine I have been served by him at some point. It is such a sad and scary situation. The idea that whoever did this is still out here and could just be walking around, with nobody knowing [that they murdered Lopez] scares me. I hope the Framingham and [Massachusetts] State Police can find who did this. It is such a sad and tragic event to happen to our community.”

Hot Table Panini declined WSPN’s request for comment.

The Framingham Police Department could not provide WSPN with information due to the ongoing investigation. However, they encourage anyone with any potential leads or tips regarding the homicide to call them at 508-532-5923.

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Edge Wheeler
Edge Wheeler, Staff Reporter
Edge Wheeler, Class of 2026, is a first year reporter for WSPN. He runs cross country and plays hockey at WHS. Outside of school he enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports. Contact: [email protected]  
Alex Evangelista
Alex Evangelista, Staff Reporter
Alex Evangelista, class of 2026, is a first year reporter for WSPN. He plays football and basketball for WHS. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music. Contact: [email protected]  
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Ben Jackson, Class Of 2025, is a first year reporter for WSPN. He plays football, basketball and lacrosse for the high school team. Outside of school he enjoys swimming and playing video games. Contact: [email protected]
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