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Concord man faces second-degree murder charges in stabbing death

  • Concord police outside the Penacook Place Apartments on the morning of May 31, 2017. Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the homicide of a Concord woman. Alyssa Dandrea/ Monitor staff

  • Concord Police exit an apartment building carrying a case labeled DNA kit at Penacook Place Apartments in Concord on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the homicide of a Concord woman. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Concord police investigate a scene at Penacook Place Apartments at 36 Pinehurst St. in Concord on Wednesday. Authorities were investigating the homicide of a Concord woman, 23-year-old Sabrina Marie Galusha. A suspect, Daswan Jette, was arrested Wednesday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Concord Police investigate a scene at Penacook Place Apartments at 36 Pinehurst St. in Concord on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the homicide of a Concord woman. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Access to a dumpster was limited Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as Concord Police investigated a scene at Penacook Place Apartments at 36 Pinehurst St. in Concord on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the homicide of a Concord woman. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)



Monitor staff
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

At 8:40 p.m., a 911 call was made from a car at 369 N. State St. for a woman bleeding from a stab wound to the chest. She needed medical attention but was still 4 miles from the hospital.

Concord police and fire responded to the scene Tuesday night outside Swenson Granite Works, but they were too late.

Sabrina Marie Galusha, 23, of Concord was pronounced dead a short time later at Concord Hospital.

Investigators said they believe Galusha was stabbed outside Penacook Place Apartments at 36 Pinehurst St., about 2 miles from where the car was found.

A witness told the Monitor he had returned home to his Pinehurst Street apartment sometime after 8 p.m. to a loud altercation in the parking lot. Moments later, a car sped away, but the man said it was too dark outside for him to discern faces.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and Concord police have charged Daswan Jette, 20, of Concord with two alternative counts of second-degree murder in connection with Galusha’s death. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court.

The state medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy Wednesday and determined Galusha died of a stab wound to the chest in a homicide.

Galusha, a graduate of Concord High School, worked part time at New Hampshire Hospital in the food services department, according to state records.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said in an email statement that the agency is deeply saddened by her death: “I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Sabrina’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Prior to her employment with the state, Galusha worked for two years at Joe King’s Shoe Shop in downtown Concord, according to Manager Jeff Roberge, who remembered Galusha as a “good employee, very caring and very detail-oriented.”

“She loved people and always knew how to strike up a conversation with any customer who walked in the door,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking what’s happened.”

Tenants of Penacook Place were still trying to make sense of the police presence Wednesday morning; many didn’t yet know about the stabbing. Officers had knocked on residents’ doors after sunrise to take witness statements.

Charles Varney, a resident of 50 Pinehurst St., recalled the commotion and yelling he returned home to Tuesday night after work. He said he told police he’d heard a man shout “Get the (expletive) out of here!” The man was directing his comments toward people in a car in the adjacent parking lot, Varney said.

“He was mad when he came out,” he said. “The car took off like a bullet.”

In the meantime, he said, he could hear a woman screaming but never saw her.

Varney said he went to bed early Tuesday night and didn’t see police outside the apartment complex until early Wednesday. For a short time, he said, officers were searching a wooded area that borders Pinehurst Street.

Concord police remained at the scene through the morning. About 10 a.m., several police cars were still parked outside building 36, which police detectives entered while wearing blue latex gloves. At one point, investigators were seen carrying in a small duffle bag and a camera into the building.

A nearby dumpster, enclosed by a white fence, was marked off with yellow police tape until about 10 a.m. A police SUV was parked in front of the area, and officers told residents several times that they were prohibited from throwing anything into the dumpster.

Alyssa Brown, a resident of 50 Pinehurst St., said that when she returned home Tuesday about 9:20 p.m., several emergency personnel vehicles, including local and state police, were blocking the road. She said a friend had called to warn her that police cars were in the area of Swenson Granite, but she did not expect to encounter them outside her residence, as well.

She noted that Penacook Place is typically quiet and that she was surprised by what had taken place.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Concord police Lt. Sean Ford at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)