Derry Father Who Killed Son and Himself, Lost a Son in 2009

Feb 14, 2018

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald on Feb. 13 announced the identities in the murder-suicide in Derry.
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  A New Hampshire man who authorities say killed his 6-year-old son and himself by carbon monoxide poisoning had lost a son who was the same age in 2009.

Police conducting a welfare check at the Derry home of Matthew Edmunds, 39, on Monday were met with a sign warning of carbon monoxide in the home. Inside, they found the bodies of Edmunds and his son, Preston Connor Edmunds, in a bedroom that had been sealed using duct tape and a blanket, according to Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Derry Police Chief Edward Garone.

There were charcoal grills in the bedroom with burned charcoal and ash.

In March 2009, 6-year-old Connor Matthew Edmunds died after falling into an ice-covered in-ground swimming pool at his grandparents' home in Derry.

Authorities discovered the pool had a covering of ice, but one area appeared to have been disturbed. They found Connor and rushed him to a hospital, where he died.

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