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Fatal Rochester shooting investigation continues

Union Leader Correspondent

June 14. 2018 12:32AM
Billy Jo Ahearn was the victim of a deadly shooting in Rochester last week. A memorial service was held for her Sunday in Raymond. (Facebook)

Investigators had a fingerprinting kit with them when they searched a house at 50 Lafayette St. in Rochester last week, presumably looking for the gun which was used in the shooting of Billy Jo Ahearn. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

ROCHESTER — Police are still investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old woman who was killed in Rochester last week.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said Wednesday morning that a week into the investigation, they have still not made any arrests.

Billy Jo Ahearn died from a single gunshot in the early morning hours of June 6. It is believed she recently moved to the Rochester area from Raymond.

Police were called to the scene between Friendly’s and The Emily Cross House on South Main Street around midnight June 6. When they arrived, they found Ahearn with two other individuals who have not been publicly identified.

Police believe the shooting was the result of a dispute between two groups of people.

Last Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at 50 Lafayette St.

Officer Eric Kotchian and K-9 Claude of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped search the home before heading to the area where the woman was shot.

Police and New Hampshire Fish and Game searched the Cocheco River near the crime scene for evidence that night.

A celebration of life was organized for Ahearn at the Raymond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4479 and held Sunday afternoon.

A number of people have publicly posted their condolences on Ahearn’s Facebook page, including David Bisson of Candia.

“I was so in love with this girl. I don’t think she really knows how much I love her. I hope she is with her mom right now. I’ve never been so heartbroken in my life,” Bisson wrote.

Ahearn’s mother, Laura Sue Clifford, was 46 when she was killed in a 2016 motor vehicle crash in Nashua.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Geoff Moore of the Rochester Police Department at 330-7140.

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