Vermont law student and his mother die in murder-suicide
Called to a home for a welfare check in Amherst, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, police discovered the bodies of a Vermont law student and his mother.
Police say the student, John Trombly, killed his mother with an AK-47 assault rifle before turning the gun on himself, report the Burlington Free Press, the Associated Press, WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader. Elizabeth Trombly, 69, died from multiple gunshot wounds and John Trombly, 35, died from a single gunshot wound.
Vermont Law School President Mark Mihaly told students of the death in an email Wednesday afternoon. He included an apparent reference to the suicide of popular Vermont law professor Cheryl Hanna on July 27.
“We in the VLS community have experienced great sorrow over the last few months,” Mihaly wrote. “And we have leaned on each other and found solace. I ask that we all continue to remember the power of a kind word or deed in lifting the spirits of our friends and colleagues during this time of grief.”
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