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Death of neighbor of homicide victims 'suspicious;' police mum on connection
Shawn P. Burne, 37, of 41 Newbury St., was found dead on Wednesday, just 10 days after Burne's neighbors, William and Eleanor Grant, were found stabbed to death on June 17 at their home next door at 37 Newbury St.
According to police and court records, Burne was arrested on Feb. 13 for violating a protective order. According to documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua Division, Burne made verbal contact with his 89-year-old grandfather, Joseph Felix, at 48 Underhill St. on Feb. 3.
On May 14 — just six weeks prior to Burne's death — Burne pleaded guilty to the offense and was sentenced by Judge James Leary to 30 days in jail. However, his jail time was all suspended pending one year of good behavior and participation in a drug and alcohol counseling program, as well as a mental health program, according to court documents.
Prior to the double homicide, a surveillance camera had been installed at the front of her three-story apartment building. However, she said last week that the camera had been temporarily dismantled and was not operating the weekend of the killings.
William Grant, 83, and Eleanor Grant, 78, had lived in the small Newbury Street residence for more than 40 years, according to neighbors, who described the couple as kind and generous. They had been married for more than 50 years.
Police Chief John Seusing said recently that the Nashua Police Department has a lot of manpower working the case and has added extra patrols to the Newbury Street area.
Still, he stressed that citizens need to pay attention to their surroundings and report anything suspicious or uncomfortable. Seusing said the additional police presence and reassurance that the case is being thoroughly investigated should help alleviate some worry.
Police have remained tight-lipped about the investigation, refusing to answer questions about what type of weapon may have been used, whether there was forced entry into the home or whether any items were stolen.
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