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Family, friends doubt Manchester shooting victim was targeted

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 30. 2012 10:35PM

MANCHESTER - Family and friends want to know why Daniel Langlois was fatally shot near Central High School early Thursday and say they doubt the even-keeled, hard-working father was intentionally targeted.

"It doesn't make sense," Langlois' boss, Brendon McQuaid, said Sunday.

"He was a good, hard-working kid - pretty mellow. He was not a confrontational kind of guy. This is not what you would expect would happen to somebody like that . the family is trying to figure out what happened and why it happened and who could have done it," the Manchester businessman added.

Langlois, 25, of Manchester, was shot once in the head near Jane and Nashua streets while driving a friend home about 3 a.m. on Dec. 27.

Langlois was driving his friend home because the man apparently was intoxicated, McQuaid said. The friend was sitting in the front passenger seat of the SUV. The vehicle belonged to Langlois' friend, whose name authorities have withheld.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery A. Strelzin would not respond on McQuaid's claim that Langlois likely was not the shooter's intended target.

Strelzin said investigators determined Langlois had been involved in a confrontation with several individuals at a bar earlier in the evening. Strelzin would not name the bar, but said it is located a "short distance away."

Langlois worked part-time as a bouncer for Club Realm at 23 Amherst St.

Authorities would not say if Langlois was at Club Realm the night he was shot. Attempts to contact Club Realm Sunday were unsuccessful.

McQuaid, who owns Master Hardware Installers of Manchester, said Langlois has been working for him nearly three years. Langlois worked part-time for about two years before coming on as a full-time carpenter, and most recently was a foreman.

Langlois currently was part of the crew installing doors at Paul Hall, a new dormitory under construction at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, McQuaid said. The project is a large one and involved installing 420 doors, he said.

"The only thing I can say is (Dan) was a real, hard worker who I considered a good friend. Anyone who had the key to my house and all my business vehicles is somebody I trust. He is going to be missed all around," McQuaid said.

"I had to make a bunch of phone calls to the job supervisors ... They are all shocked because he is such a good worker," he added.

Langlois was the father of a 3 1/2-year-old girl, Mariah. He and his girlfriend, Katrina Warren, are expecting their second child - a boy. The couple were unaware the child would be a boy until after Langlois' death when Warren, concerned about the impact the stress on the baby, had a check-up and ultrasound.

"He was a very good father," McQuaid said.

Strelzin said investigators have assembled a time line of the events that occurred that night, including what happened between about 1 a.m. - the typical closing time at city bars - and when the shooting occurred at about 3 a.m.

"Manchester (police) have been making good progress," Strelzin said. He would not comment on suspects or if arrests are imminent.

McQuaid said he gave his crew Dec. 26 off. He said he last contacted Langlois about 10 that night when he texted him to say he called work off Dec. 27 because of the snow storm. Langlois, he said, often helped a friend with his snow plowing business during storms.

Some friends posted condolences on the Club Realm Facebook page.

"To my boy Dan Langlois - A Father, Son, Grandson, Friend and great loss to all," Beth Spilliotis wrote.

Another friend suggested the club a benefit to raise money to help Langlois' children.

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