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Siblings remember Providence murder victim as bright, energetic

Siblings remember Providence murder victim as bright, energetic

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By: Melissa Randall


We're learning more about the Providence woman killed by her ex–cop husband over the weekend in an apparent murder–suicide.

MaryJo Osgood went by many names, but was most affectionately known by her 8 brothers and sisters as MJ.

“She was the life of the party. She’d walk in and a smile—just a smile from ear to ear,” said Jim Buzzi, Osgood’s brother.

Buzzi is heartbroken that he will never again see MJ’s infectious smile, or be in the presence of her fun and spunky personality.

Police say she was shot and killed Friday in the garage of the Providence home she shared with her husband, Franklin Osgood. He was former Providence police officer. Osgood took off after the shooting and was spotted in New Jersey Saturday. When approached by troopers he shot and killed himself. MJ’s body was found in the trunk of his car.

"MaryJo was a bright energetic funny spunky part of so many lives. As she joins so many others in her eternal resting place, please understand that violence has no prejudice... When it strikes, it takes the very core of your heart,” wrote Karen McLaughlin, MJ’s sister, in a statement to ABC6 News.

"This is not a time to blame... This is a time to reflect on how easily a life is gone and those left behind are shattered."

Osgood was loved by many in her life. She was a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2. She also had a work family at Pierce-Atwood in Providence where she was a legal secretary.

Mary Jo Osgood was a talented and well-respected colleague who will be greatly missed,” said David E. Barry, Managing Partner of Pierce Atwood LLP.  “She was held in the highest regard by her coworkers and was a pleasure to work with.  We are all deeply saddened by the events of this past weekend and our thoughts and prayers are with her children and family.” 

Her siblings echo that sentiment and say are heartbroken that there was never a chance to say good bye or give MJ one last hug.

“I still wish I had the chance,” said Buzzi. “Some things you can control and some things you can't control and you just do the best you can.”

Funeral arrangements for MJ are in the process of being made. They will be kept private, according to family.

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