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Police identify Farmington murder victim as James Laprade, 33

Union Leader Correspondent

March 17. 2017 11:06AM
State police were collecting evidence at a home in Farmington Thursday where a man and woman were shot. James Laprade, 33, was identified as the man died. The woman, still not identified by authorities, is expected to survive. KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent 

FARMINGTON — The state Attorney General’s Office has identified the man who was shot and killed on Wednesday in a home at 27 Oakwood Road.

The man has been identified as 33-year-old James Laprade. After Laprade’s autopsy was completed his death was ruled a homicide by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew, officials said.

Police have arrested a juvenile in connection with the incident at 27 Oakwood Road and filed paperwork to charge him as an adult. Authorities did not release details about his name or connection to the victims.

A woman who was also shot at the home has not been identified pending notification of her family, a news release said.

Authorities were called to the home about noontime Wednesday. Since then, few details have been released as the state police processed the scene.

A social media profile for Laprade lists him as a terminal operator at Sprague Energy, but the company said no one was authorized to release information about him.

Farmington school Superintendent Ruth Ellen Vaughn said she could not speak about any particular student or group of students affected by the incident.

“When any incident of a critical nature takes place in our community, we have protocols in place to provide support for students and staff. Staff are briefed as needed and as appropriate. Counselors are made available to those needing additional assistance to deal with their individual responses to the situation. The events that took place in Farmington this week were handled in the same manner within our school community,” Vaughn said.

Assistant Attorney General Jason Casey said his office is prohibited from providing any information about the teen. He could not say where he is being held, or what bail conditions might be in place.

An initial conference in family court on the state’s motion to try the teen as an adult will be held next month, but Casey said that hearing will not be open to the public.

The hearing for the judge to consider that motion is likely to take place in May.

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