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November 15, 2013

Man found dead in YMCA apartment identified

BEVERLY — The death of a 65 year-old resident of the Beverly YMCA remains under investigation.

Authorities say Terrence Kennaw was found dead in his YMCA apartment Wednesday morning.

“A maintenance worker at the facility found Mr. Kennaw in his apartment while performing routine maintenance duties and notified police,” said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office. “... The circumstances of his death remain under investigation. An autopsy has been performed, but a final ruling on the cause and manner of death has not been made (by the medical examiner).”

Police were notified just before noon on Wednesday.

Chris Lovasco, chief operations officer for YMCA of the North Shore said Kennaw had lived at the Y for more than 15 years. His body was found midmorning on Wednesday by the Y’s housing maintenance director.

“There was no obvious cause of death and there is an investigation ongoing by local authorities. Our Y is cooperating fully with this investigation,” Lovasco said yesterday in an email to The Salem News.

“The passing of one of our residents is tragic. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Terry’s family and friends,” he wrote. “... The safety and well-being of our residents is of the utmost concern to our YMCA.”

Monahan said all possibilities — both suspicious and unsuspicious circumstances — are being considered in the investigation.

“Nothing’s been ruled in or out,” she said.

Monahan said Kennaw’s address is listed as the YMCA, 245 Cabot St. His next-of-kin were notified yesterday.

Beverly police and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are investigating the death.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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