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Police: NH man murdered wife with children nearby

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GRANTHAM, N.H. -

It's a crime that has shocked the town of Grantham, N.H., a community of 3,000 residents.

"Very hard, it's quite a tragedy and we're all very saddened," said Melissa White, the Grantham town administrator.

Police say James Perriello, 41, shot his wife, Natalie, 42, multiple times with a handgun Thursday night inside the family home on Doc's Drive. The couple's four young children were inside when it happened. Perriello is charged with second-degree murder.

"He was found at the residence and he went along with the police without incident," N.H. Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said.

One question that remains unanswered is why Perriello allegedly killed his wife.

"Their background will be part of the investigation. I'm not allowed to comment at this stage what the background is, but I can tell you that's something the State police will spend a fair amount of time investigating," Strelzin said.

Court records show no sign of strife in the family. Natalie Perriello was a computer science teacher at Lebanon High School. Principal Nancy Parsons called Perriello a beloved teacher in a letter to parents Friday after learning the news. "We are trying to make sense of this as we attempt to reestablish the routines of our lives. Your sons and daughters have all been affected by the events of last evening," the letter read.

The couple's four children are with relatives. Two of them attend the Grantham Village School. Additional guidance counselors and ministers were brought in Friday to help deal with the tragedy.

"This community will rally around this family, I'm absolutely positive of that," said Keith Pfeifer, superintendent of the Grantham School District.

A normally quiet community trying to move forward after this tragic event.

Perriello is being held without bail.

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