Quinlan Junta Confirmed Dead

Details of death unknown; case against three other defendants charged with Junta for assault and robbery continues.

Quinlan Junta, a Reading Memorial High School alumnus and noted hockey player passed away some time today, according to his family.

A woman who answered the phone at the Junta residence confirmed that he had died, but did not give her name or offer any further information.

Cara O'Brien, a spokesperson for District Attorney Gerard Leone's office, said the office was not called to the scene of the death as it was a medical call.

In February, Junta and another man were with crimes in connection to a reported assault and robbery at Archstone Circle.

As that story unfolded, court records gave the appearance that the crime had been , and charges were eventually filed against two other men.

"We have three other defendents," O'Brien said. "Those are open cases we continue to prosecute."

That story was not the first time Junta and his family had appeared in the media. In July of 2000, his father, , beat another man to death at a Reading hockey practice, and Quinlan later testified during his father’s trial.

Karl Weld October 25, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Joe, http://reading.patch.com/articles/report-revere-man-arrested-on-ronan-murder-charge "Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone alleges that Burke shot Ronan multiple times over a drug-related dispute." and http://reading.patch.com/articles/prosecutor-burke-texted-ronan-before-murder "According to Dunigan, Burke told police that the had visited Ronan on Monday, Aug. 15 to buy two Percocet pills for $30 each and left no later than 12:30—more than 30 minutes before Ronan’s 85-year-old grandfather told police that Ronan was bleeding on the couch."
Joe October 25, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Karl, Thanks. I didn't know that Leone was alleging a drug-related incident, but only what the second link confirms, which is that Burke claims it was a drug-related incident. OK. Clarified.
AnonLikeU October 25, 2011 at 08:52 PM
CommonSenseCitizen, What a crock of pomposity. Why you've solved our drug problem! It's all about peers! Just control that and you're home free! You may ask any question you like, as may I. We've all got the parenting responsibility message, thank you very much. My question goes beyond that into another realm, thus begins with "Let's go down another path with this." If you don't want to, don't join in, but you cannot dictate what subjects Patch commenters can and cannot talk about, or consider, when dealing with issues. Faith has played a large role in many families struggles and individual recoveries. WWJD did not become a popular bumper sticker for nothing. And, based on some of the merciless and uncompassionate comments within Patch in general around the issues of substance use/abuse, it can't hurt to step back and consider what one's faith calls you to do, even if you don't want to. I see lots of people going in and out of the many churches here in Reading every week. I'm just guessing, but I doubt they consider their faith to be nothing more than "superfluous scaffolding".
Michael Barrett October 27, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Exactly. Let's not whitewash Junta's actions and his life. He did not live a good life, he should be remembered for what he was and that includes everything.
Laura Savage-Carr October 27, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Words of hate don’t help the debate. If you stop and think, there was not just one victim at that hockey rink. Costin was the first and the latest is Quinlan. And one has said that it may be connected to Ronan. We won’t know the truth for awhile, unless Jackie sings to avoid a long trial. There are many others like these skating brothers. Their cries for help largely ignored, after their names stopped appearing on the scoreboard. This story is sad, we agree. But you can’t the fault the reporting of Matt Casey. WWJD? He would save you too.
AnonLikeU October 27, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Dave, you must be aware then, based on your insightful and helpful comments, that one of the accomplices of Quin Junta's was the son of a Reading police officer. Why don't you call him out too? Let him know that he and his wife must have raised their son wrong too. In this case, it *was* the police who raised him. Let's hear it Dave. What do you have to say about the others?
George October 27, 2011 at 01:33 PM
That's why you were in high school so long!
CommonSenseCitizen October 27, 2011 at 02:10 PM
"WWJD? He would save you too." But not Quinlan? I'm confused.
CommonSenseCitizen October 27, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Donna, my statement on peer groups wasn't a definitive statement on the source of the problem. It was a comment on why good parents occasionally end up with troubled kids, and vice-versa. It's another factor in the equation. As for faith: I didn't object to religion or faith. I rejected your insinuation that it is the best guide for moral and compassionate behavior. If you lack the strength to do the right things as an individual outside of those constructs, no amount of faith will help you. I came from a deeply religious family and had a brother. We were very close in age and went to the same catholic schools together. During our teens we had divergent paths. He started hanging out with a different crowd. None of them went to college and had various run-ins with the law (I had to bail him out on occasion.) My friends, however, were focused on education and making something of themselves. We're in our 40s now and while my brother and his friends continue without much direction, we're successful and stable. He still goes to church. I turned away from the church in high school. Religion isn't the cause or solution to any of these issues. It's my belief that it comes down to personal responsibility and accountability: a behavior or action isn't right because their faith tells you it is, it can simply be that way on its own. I realize you disagree with that, and frankly I don't care; my stance is equally valid.
Nikki October 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
CommonSenseCitizen, I think what you say about peer pressure is really the bottom line of this whole situation. It is huge at high school age. Again, it goes right back to parenting; know who your kids are palling around with. Put an end to their friendships with unsavory individuals. Sure, they'll probably sneak around some, but at least it won't be a constant interaction and, with a little luck, it'll run its course. Donna, you have some good ideas, but I think you're starting to over-analyze.
Cap47 October 27, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Laura Savage-Carr Their cries for help largely ignored? I understand you are trying to be poetic with your post, but do you personally know any of the victims or families and do you realize how hurtful and offensive that post is? WWJD? He would suggest you stop posting insensitive material.
M October 27, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I don't find this offensive, you seem to be recognizing that Quinlan's issues may have started the say he witnessed what happened with his dad & being without one in his daily life for many years..and I think you bring up a point that these no one really keeps up with these former sports stars/players (and their problems) once they've moved on from the team...until tragedy strikes. As for WWJD and who Jesus would save, religious interpretations vary of course, but I think at least one understanding of this is to mean that Jesus' dying on the cross is reparation for your sins (and those of Joe, Quin, etc) if you believe in him, thus saving you at the time of death from eternal damnation in hell (vs going to heaven). Not saving you from death altogether.
AnonLikeU October 27, 2011 at 05:49 PM
CSC, Either you misunderstand or more likely, I'm not communicating it clearly. I don't at all disagree with your last statement. I'm in total agreement with the idea that we are first and foremost guided by our own internal moral compass. And I am an atheist, so I don't believe in, or use, conventional definitions of God. Being imperfect, I use my faith to remind me to return to my better self if I've gotten off track or am having a hard time with compassion, particularly for individuals who have harmed others and/or society in some way. I suspect others of different religions may do the same. What I do object to is your dictum that "religion has no place in the discussion". For you, perhaps not. But for many others it might. I am assuming the majority of folks practice one of the major religions, all of which have some version of 'love thy neighbor as thyself' and 'we are here to serve one another'. Which I interpret to mean you have to also love the unloveable, and serve those you don't think deserve it. These are hard things to do, and some of us need some reminding and support to confront that challenge.
AnonLikeU October 27, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Nikki, Me? Overanalyze? Never! :-)
Laura Savage-Carr October 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM
See comment from “M” above. She interpreted correctly. Nowhere does it exclude Quinlan or anyone else.
Laura Savage-Carr October 27, 2011 at 11:01 PM
"Words of hate, don’t help the debate." are my words. The rest is based on comments already posted by others – just rewritten in rhyme. The "ignored" comment was based on a post by another reader: "When your (sic) an athlete in a community like Reading you feel like a "somebody". But the real world does not care about your goal scoring average or your OBP or your tackles. We need to take better care of preparing all athletes, girls included for the real world."
Laura Savage-Carr October 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Donna, I’m sure that it was just an oversight, but I think you meant to say alleged accomplices. Read this and it may give a clue to the origins of his troubles: http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0201/03/se.03.html
AnonLikeU October 28, 2011 at 12:38 AM
And I interpreted the "you" in "... He would save you too" as an all inclusive you. Not any specific individual.
AnonLikeU October 28, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Hi Laura, I was in town when that all went down and am very familiar with the case, in so far as any one else in the public is. Regarding the Reading Commons case, what I meant to say is that one of the other individuals being charged in the case is the son of a Reading police officer. Details of which can be found in patch here: http://reading.patch.com/articles/reading-commons-home-invasion-about-more-than-just-money It's interesting to note that Junta and Collins were friends back when they were 10 years old (and prior). I'm sure that each family thought their child's peers were appropriate and none could predict what was to come. But that tragedy in the ice rink automatically put Quinlan and the Collins boy at risk in their future, I agree.
Laura Savage-Carr October 28, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Thank you Donna. You get it - exactly what I meant.
GM October 28, 2011 at 05:18 AM
I hope you are kidding about MJ......if not, you are completely out of touch with reality. Perhaps all people that smoke weed don't pop pills or shoot dope, but all those that do use harder drugs smoked weed before moving up! BTW, they most likely started with alcohol first.
GM October 28, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Yeah, we tried that once and the results were a lot of deaths of those that were under 21 that were alcohol related. That's why they raised the age again. BTW, the rate of alcoholism in european cultures surpasses the stats in US.
Susan October 29, 2011 at 08:30 PM
I cant believe that you are so ignorant to blame the parents , my son also played hockey but went to a catholic high school , my husband and i set all the right foundations it was a choice he made so for all you parents that are struggling with a child with a drug addiction it is not your fault maybe Mr Tobin will get father of the year
Dave Sisler November 01, 2011 at 07:06 AM
My son played hockey with Quin at Bridgton Academy. When I met him he was a very gracious and nice young man. Life can be tough. Rest in peace.
Charles Towne November 10, 2011 at 12:35 AM
"...Hockey, sports the chess club and all other organizations keep kids out of trouble, check your facts." When was the last time you heard of some Reading Chess Club dads getting into a brawl in Lake Placid? When was the last time you heard of some Reading Hockey dads getting into a brawl in Lake Placid? Check with your "network" and send them a get well card.
01867 November 12, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Quin was a nice kid with a great heart. Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that does not make him a bad person. He should be remembered for his smile that could brighten up your day. My prayers go out to his family. Rest Easy #2
Reading girl November 26, 2011 at 01:08 PM
A eulogy is the place to mention all the good qualities & accomplishments. A news article, which this is, is the place to report information...which the Patch has done. Im sure ur friend was a great guy & must have had some difficulty with his father in jail, but this kid was getting into some serious trouble & needed help. Unfortunately he was not able to get that help in time. Another sad loss for family & friends.
Meza December 02, 2011 at 06:43 AM
Stay strong burke...... sometimes people go around been half ways bad and half way good. You got to commit to one.. you don't want to run into the real bad guys... I never questioned burkes heart.... good hearted kids, hockey stars who always smiled there's no such thing as halfway crooks.
Charles January 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
rg April 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM
rest in peace Quin.I only heard nice things about you from my kids!GodBLESSYOU!


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