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Friend says Manchester murder victim was checking lasers

Staff Report
February 04. 2014 6:22PM

MANCHESTER — Murder victim Christopher Gagnon apparently was trying to find out who was pointing lasers at his friends Sunday night when he was stabbed across from Mount Calvary Cemetery, said his best friend Tuesday.

"Chris went to protect someone else and he's the one to get hit," said Kimberly Hill, who grew up next door to Gagnon on B Street. "He was always there to protect someone and never got repaid."

Friends and family members Tuesday were struggling to understand why Gagnon, 22, a 2009 Manchester High School West graduate, was killed.

"I know I have to wait, but answers would be nice," said Gagnon's mother, Lisa. "I just want to know who did this and why."

Manchester police said they were called to the Black Acres area just after 11 p.m. Sunday on reports of a group of youth running in camouflage gear and pointing lasers, followed by a report of possible gunshots.

"They were having a bonfire, hanging out with his friends," Mrs. Gagnon said, saying it was kind of a weekly event.

Gagnon died of a single stab wound to his chest, according to the state Attorney General's Office. The death is classified as a homicide.

On Tuesday, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley offered little insight into what happened.

"It's an open and on-going investigation," Hinckley said.

Said the victim's mother: "I'm learning more on Facebook than I'm learning from police."

The youngest of three brothers, Christopher Gagnon was born in Manchester and spent 18 years in his West Side house.

"He was just a baby, for God's sake," his mother said.

He loved tinkering with cars and racing mud trucks, she said.

"He was the kid who taught me to ride a bicycle," said Hill, who now lives in Conway. "He'd always take his shirt off his back for anybody."

On Monday night, friends and family assembled a 100-vehicle procession that drove from South Willow Street to the West Side as a memorial to Chris, said his mother.

Hill said she hopes to learn soon who killed her dear friend.

"The answer will help because that kid will get what he deserves and go to jail," Hill said.

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