Vt. woman killed in murder-suicide worked for Public Safety

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BARRE CITY, Vt. (WCAX) Police say domestic violence led to a murder-suicide in Barre City.

Wednesday morning, police arrived at a home on Long Street where Courtney Gaboriault, 29, came stumbling out with gunshot wounds. She later died. Inside, police found Gaboriault's ex-boyfriend, Luke Lacroix, 30, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police tell WCAX News those deaths are the result of domestic violence, and drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Vermont Public Safety officials confirmed Thursday that Gaboriault was an employee of that department.

Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson told WCAX News that when he heard the news, he sent an email to staff informing them about the death of their colleague. He said Thursday was a tough day for everyone.

The Barre City woman worked at the Department of Public Safety for five years. Over the last 18 months, she worked in the department's marijuana registry.

Colleagues described Gaboriault as a hard worker who was always smiling.

Anderson says for those who work in public safety, many can become numb to death and tragedy. But the loss of their friend and co-worker reminds them of the reality of domestic abuse.

"When you have something like this, it's a real kick in the teeth," Anderson said. "It reminds you that you can't be numb to these sorts of things. These affect real people and they affect real families. It's a very serious matter. This has been a stark reminder of that."

Anderson said counselors were on site Thursday and will be available for staff members for the next couple of weeks.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation at home, call the Vermont Network Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-228-7395.