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Suspect in NH double killing arraigned

Lebanon, New Hampshire - June 28, 2011

Police say he gunned down his roommates and fled to Massachusetts where he was caught by police.

Tuesday, Robert LaCombe Jr., 24, was brought back to New Hampshire where he's charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

About 30 family and friends of the two victims-- Will Hatch, 24, and Crystal Farnham, 23, packed the court. Outside they talked to the media as they searched for answers.

"They were great friends. They would take their shirt off their back to help anybody out as they did in this case," said Kenneth Carter, Hatch's stepfather.

Relatives and close friends of Hatch and Farnham were still in shock as they gathered outside the District Court in Lebanon, N.H.

"They were totally wronged," Carter said. "We made it this far in the process and the next question is why."

But that question is not being answered-- at least for now. Police say they know who killed the couple. LaCombe allegedly gunned them down-- shooting both victims in the head. But police aren't saying why. No motive was given and the affidavit is sealed.

"As would be in any case when you are dealing with homicides, activity investigations are being continued and as such they are sealed until leads can be followed and until other tools and investigative techniques can be done," N.H. Assistant Attorney General James Vara said.

LaCombe had lived with the victims for several months at their home on the Island Road in Grafton. That's where the victims' bodies were found early Saturday morning. The victims' families say they'd been letting LaCombe live there rent-free-- gave him food, rides, and even bought his cigarettes.

"Will would have given the kid anything he asked for and he did," Carter said. "They totally supported him, tried to help him on his feet and why he turned, we don't know."

During the arraignment, LaCombe mouthed "I love you" to his family seated behind him. Relatives of the victims swore at LaCombe as he was lead out of court. And outside the emotions continued.

"I loved her very much and it is wrong that he took hers and Will's life away," said Lisa Trussell, Farnham's mother. "I don't know why he did it."

LaCombe did not enter a plea at Tuesday's arraignment. A probable cause hearing is set for July 6.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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