Julia Enright’s entry in the 2015 Monty Tech yearbook. photos courtesy of monty tech
Julia Enright's entry in the 2015 Monty Tech yearbook. photos courtesy of monty tech

ASHBURNHAM -- Among the yearbook entries for the Monty Tech Class of 2015 were photos, quotes, and messages students selected to reflect on their time at the school and look forward to their lives after graduation.

Graphic communications student Julia Enright opted for a quote from Albert Einstein along with two different poses for her senior portrait.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one," the quote reads at the bottom of her yearbook entry.

Three years later, the Ashburnham resident, now 21, is facing the harsh reality of a murder charge. She stands accused of killing a former classmate, Brandon Chicklis, who was reported missing June 23 and whose body was found by a jogger off the side of Route 119 in Rindge, New Hampshire, about two weeks later.

Julia Enright is arraigned last week in the murder of Brandon Chicklis in Winchendon District Court. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE
Julia Enright is arraigned last week in the murder of Brandon Chicklis in Winchendon District Court. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE

Prosecutors have not said specifically how Chicklis died. But they believe the 20-year-old Westminster resident was killed in Ashburnham. Court records indicate it was multiple injuries that killed him. Records also state blood was found leading up to and inside of a tree house on Enright's property.

Enright had invited Chicklis to her family residence at 171 Packard Hill Road the day he went missing, according to court documents. Phone records placed him at the home and showed no activity afterward.

Enright is being held without bail until her next court date on Aug. 29.

Her arrest and murder charge shocked the neighborhood and has residents looking for answers.

"The whole thing was very unfortunate," said Lisa Cornwall, who lives at nearby 9 Squire Road.


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"You feel for both families. They were both young."

Cornwall remembers Enright being a "great kid" who always said thank you and attended Naukeag Lake Club swimming parties when she was younger.

Her husband, George, runs the members-only club that uses the swimming hole located across the street from the gravel driveway that leads to the Enright's home.

Enright was raised by a single father, John, who was a volunteer firefighter and has served on at least one town board, Cornwall said.

A candid of Enright in her graphic communications class in the 2014 yearbook.
A candid of Enright in her graphic communications class in the 2014 yearbook.

Enright is smart and was a good student, she said.

At Monty Tech, Enright was a Mathlete and was inducted into the National Honor Society, according to her 2015 yearbook entry. She also took part in activities like the Yearbook Committee, Anime Club, JROTC, and basketball.

Later she became a phlebotomist -- a professional technician who draws blood for testing -- at a Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Groton, according to court documents.

Ralph Kenney, who lives down the street from Enright, has been in the neighborhood for about a decade, but doesn't know much about the family. They mostly keep to themselves, he said.

"It's hard for a little street like Packard Hill Road to make the news for something terrible," Kenney said.

Enright, far right in middle row, with the Yearbook Committee in the 2015 yearbook.
Enright, far right in middle row, with the Yearbook Committee in the 2015 yearbook.
"Bad things can happen anywhere, but in this area, it's a sleepy hollow."

He has been keeping an eye on the case and has talked about it with his twin daughters who attended Oakmont Regional High School and are a few years older than Enright.

They didn't know her, he said, but his daughters do know a cousin of Enright's because they played sports together.

Linda Parenteau, who also lives on Packard Hill Road, said she hasn't had much interaction with Enright or her father in the neighborhood, but she occasionally saw Enright working at the Dunkin' Donuts inside Mr. Mike's convenience store before it burned down.

"She probably used to wait on us at Dunkin' Donuts or took my friend's blood at the lab," Parenteau said.

Enright in the junior graphic communications class in the 2014 Monty Tech yearbook at far right. Courtesy of Monty Tech
Enright in the junior graphic communications class in the 2014 Monty Tech yearbook at far right. Courtesy of Monty Tech

Learning about the crime and Enright's alleged involvement felt eerie, she said.

"It makes you wonder what else is there and what else is going on," Parenteau said.

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Chicklis...
Chicklis... (COURTESY PHOTO)