A child was arrested on Friday after finding a man and a woman shot dead in a New Hampshire home.
Authorities received a call around 7:30 in the morning about a shooting incident in a residence in Alton, a town about 45 km northwest of Manchester, the New Hampshire Justice Department said in a statement. Press release.
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The police found Lizette Eckert, 50, who died on the scene, and James Eckert, 48, was subsequently declared dead after being transported to a hospital. The autopsies revealed that they were both dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
The Attorney General's office stated that a minor – identified by WFXT as being an 11-year-old boy – had been arrested about two hours after the discovery of the Eckerts. The officials did not explain how the boy was related to the two adults, and they revealed no possible motive during the shootings.
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The boy was charged with second degree murder and attempted murder. It was not clear immediately whether the charges had been improved after James Eckert's death.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Eckerts were active members of St. Katharine Parish Drexel in Alton.
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"They were here every week. They were very dedicated and very faithful parishioners, "Reverend Robert Cole told the press. "Nice people."
The couple would have left three children.