Police, city leaders update residents two weeks after homicide


WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Woonsocket police and city leaders held a meeting Saturday to reassure residents two weeks after an as-yet unsolved homicide.

Dozens of residents packed the basement of St. Agatha’s Church on Joffre Avenue, not far from the house in which Connie Gauthier was discovered dead on March 23.

Police weren’t able to say much about their investigation but sought to calm the nerves of neighbors.

“Most of these types of situations, the victim knows the suspect,” said Acting Chief Michael Lemoine of the Woonsocket Police Department. “So we believe the community itself is as safe as it was before.”

But the attending residents didn’t seem reassured by the fact that police don’t believe it was a random act.

“I work here, I work at Woonsocket Head Start, so this is my place,” Bryana Boucher said. “So this is where I come home to, this is where I would eventually like to raise a family. And at this point I’m scared, I’m nervous, and I don’t want to be that way.”

Police advised residents to be vigilant and to call the police department if something doesn’t seem right. Residents can also sign up for the Code Red System, which the city uses to send out alerts to specific neighborhoods for anything from a parking ban to a missing child.

Despite the fact that police could not offer much specific information on their progress, Acting Chief Lemoine had some tough words for the person responsible for Gauthier’s death.

“You will be shown no mercy and leniency. You will spend the rest of your life in jail without the possibility of parole.”

So far police have not named a suspect in the homicide.

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