June 26. 2014 1:09PM

3 arrested in 1st-degree stabbing murder of Madbury teen

New Hampshire Union Leader

Three men are charged with first-degree murder for alledgegly stabbing a Madbury teen to death at his home on Saturday.

The men arrested and charged with the murder are Zachary Pinette , 18, of Springvale, Maine, Michael Tatum , 21, of Barrington, and Tristan Wolusky , 18, of Rochester, New Hampshire authorities announced Thursday morning.

The three are accused of murdering Aaron Wilkinson, 18, on the property of his 36 Evans Road home in Madbury on Saturday. His body was found later that day.

Wilkinson's body was found about 4 p.m. in Lebanon, Maine by a woman walking her dog.

Paul R. Carroll reported his son, Aaron Wilkinson, missing from their home Saturday morning.

"We’re working through this, " Carroll said when reached by telephone this morning.

Carroll would not say if he knew the three men charged with his son’s murder or discuss any other details of the case.

But he went out of his way to express his gratitude to law enforcers whose investigation led to the arrests of three suspects.

"I appreciate the efforts of all the police departments involved and the Attorney General’s Office," Carroll said.

"I tip my hat to these people for their professionalism and their compassion. They’re excellent," he added.

"I just look up to them more than ever before," Carroll said.

Carroll said it has been a "difficult year" and declined further comment.

Wilkinson’s death was a blow to students and staff at Great Bay Charter School in Exeter, where the 18-year-old is remembered for his intelligence, passion for art and many friends.

“He was he was a very, very bright young man. He was very inquisitive. He loved his art. He loved skateboarding. He adored his friends. He loved his family. He was just pretty much a typical teenager,” the school’s executive director, Cheryl McDonough, said.

Wilkinson attended the school for several years and withdrew in April or May.

“He was a great kid. His father was a very committed, involved parent,” she added.

“It’s shocking for us,” McDonough said, noting the charter school is known for its strong sense of community .

“I think in the whole time I’ve been there we may never had a fight, ever. We are a very close and peaceful, non-violent community,” she explained.

“Our biggest assets, which we’ve received awards for, is our school community and the closeness of our kids. So this is really hitting the mark,” McDonough said.

Students organized a candlelight vigil for Friday night to celebrate Wilkinson’s life. It will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Swayze Park in Exeter.

McDonough said she doesn’t know the details behind Wilkinson’s withdrawal from the school, but said it is not uncommon in charter schools for students to withdraw at any time and enroll in other schools.

About 160 students in grades seven through 12 attend Great Bay Charter School, which focuses on hands-on, project-based learning.

The three suspects will be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in 7th Circuit Court- Dover District.