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Autopsy Determines Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Victim Was Shot Four Times

  • Travis Frink, of Warwick, Rhode Island, stands with his attorney, Public Defender Rebecca McKinnon, during his arraignment in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., on Sept. 13, 2017. Frink, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. (AP Photo/Valley News, Jennifer Hauck)

  • Associate Attorney General Jane Young speaks to the media after the arraignment of Travis Frink at Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., on Sept. 13, 2017. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Staff Reports
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Haverhill — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released the results of an autopsy performed on the victim of Tuesday’s fatal shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The autopsy found that Pamela Ferriere, a 70-year-old Groton, N.H., resident, died of blood loss from four gunshot wounds. Ferriere was shot in her chest, abdomen and pelvis, according to a Wednesday evening news release announcing the autopsy’s results. Her death has been ruled a homicide, the release said.

Her son Travis Frink, a Warwick, R.I., resident, is accused of fatally shooting Ferriere on Tuesday afternoon while she hospitalized at DHMC.

He was ordered held without bail following an appearance in Grafton Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Frink pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, who was being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit when the shooting occurred.

Frink appeared in court with his public defender, Rebecca McKinnon. Wearing a red shirt and handcuffs, he said nothing during the court appearance.

Prosecutor Jane Young asked that Frink have no contact with his stepfather, Robert Ferriere, who told police he witnessed the shooting. McKinnon agreed to the request.

A police affidavit released by New Hampshire officials this morning says Frink has “admitted” that he shot his 70-year-old mother several times while she was in the intensive care unit.

Frink told police that he drove to the hospital from Rhode Island with the intention of killing his mother, according to the police affidavit.

Pamela Ferriere was being treated for an aneurysm and was scheduled to be released from DHMC on Friday, according to the affidavit.

In a short statement emailed to the Valley News by Groton Town Clerk Ruth Millett, Robert Ferriere said that his wife, a devout Christian, had a favorite scripture, Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”

“She really loved them all,” Robert Ferriere said of his wife’s love of Psalms, “but when we went hiking up mountains and hills we somehow felt closer to the God of creation.”

Millett said in the email that Pamela Ferriere was active in the church and local government, and was looking forward to being home from the hospital soon and “back to her home that she and Bob shared and to her normal activities.”

“She loved gardening, walking and biking with her husband,” Millett said. “She will be greatly missed by her husband and family and by all who knew and loved her.”

At a news conference this afternoon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials said things are returning to normal at the medical center after the shooting, which forced an evacuation and lockdown and led to a chaotic scene. Officials said they are reviewing security protocols.

“This is a resilient organization,” John Kacavas, D-H’s general counsel, said during the news conference at D-H. “Patient care was always the top priority. Patient care remains the top priority. Patient care will be the top priority. Doctors and nurses are caring for patients. Food preparers are preparing food. Housekeepers are keeping house.”

Posted Wednesday at 11:42 a.m. Updated at 3:20 p.m., 4:35 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. This post will be updated. Find a full report in Thursday’s Valley News.



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