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Family says they wish Jerry Remy took more time off

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The day after long-time Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy announced his return the family of his son’s murdered girlfriend is speaking out.

Jerry Remy took a five-month leave of absence after his son Jared was charged with the murder of Jennifer Martel.

Martel’s uncle Richard Martel said he will watch the Sox games, but it will hurt to hear Jerry Remy’s voice announcing them.

"I'm human and I’ll always think of my niece, she was a lovely girl and it’s going to be tough,” Richard Martel said.

Martel says he wishes Remy would have waited until after the trial was over to go back on the air.

"I applaud him trying to get on with his life, but maybe he should wait little bit longer,” Richard Martel said.

Jennifer's parents are now speaking out as well, saying they and their son and daughter-in-law are all moving to Massachusetts from Virginia to fight for custody of the 5-year-old daughter Jennifer and Jared Remy shared.

The parents and Jerry Remy have both filed for guardianship of the girl.

A spokesperson for the family said "the Martel's sole focus is on the custody proceeding and therefore they have no opinion on Mr. Remy's return to work."

Richard Martel says he'd never insist that Remy stay away, he just wishes Remy had decided himself to stay away a little longer.

"It does hurt, no matter what. I can’t lie about it. When you love somebody, when you lose somebody in your family, it's difficult,” he said.

The Jared Remy trial is scheduled to start Oct. 7, after the Red Sox regular season ends.

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