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Accused murderer waives his arraignment as friends of victim pack courthouse

  • Daswan Jette, 20, of Concord is escorted from Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday. ELIZABETH FRANTZMonitor staff

  • Damian Collins, a friend of Sabrina Galusha who police say was killed Tuesday in Concord, speaks to members of the media outside Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Collins and dozens of Galusha's family members and friends were at the courthouse for the arraignment of Galusha's accused killer Daswan Jette but the arraignment was waived. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)



Monitor staff
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Selfless. Kind-hearted. Sociable.

Those are just a few of the adjectives that came to mind for friends Thursday as they mourned 23-year-old Sabrina Marie Galusha, who police say was killed Tuesday in Concord.

“She was a beautiful soul, a great person,” Damian Collins said Thursday outside Merrimack County Superior Court. “She will be missed by everyone.”

Investigators said Galusha was fatally stabbed Tuesday night outside the Penacook Place Apartments at 36 Pinehurst St. in Concord, the city she’d long called home. A state medical examiner determined she died of a stab wound to the chest in a homicide.

Her accused killer, Daswan Jette, was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon on two alternative counts of second-degree murder. However, Jette waived his arraignment without ever appearing in the second-floor courtroom filled with dozens of Galusha’s family members and friends.

Jette is being held without bail at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen, where he was booked following his arrest Wednesday.

Upon leaving the courthouse, childhood friends said they were angry they didn’t get the chance to face the man accused of recklessly taking Galusha’s life. Jette was at the courthouse, but spoke with his attorney out of public view.

Kaedance Ringwald said Jette’s nonappearance before a judge was overshadowed by the show of support for Galusha, who touched everyone she met. She described Galusha as “the sweetest person in the world.”

“I’m so sad right now,” Ringwald of Concord said through tears. “I’m very hurt.”

Concord police and fire responded to a 911 call in the area of Swenson Granite on North State Street on Tuesday about 8:40 p.m., according to the state attorney general’s office. They found Galusha, fatally injured from a stab wound, 2 miles from where investigators say the crime occurred and 4 miles from Concord Hospital.

She was taken by ambulance to the hospital but first-responders were unable to save her life, authorities said.

At the Concord courthouse Thursday afternoon, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said investigators weren’t answering further questions about the events leading up to the stabbing or about their case against Jette. Police records in Jette’s file were sealed by the court at prosecutors’ request.

Galusha, a 2012 graduate of Concord High School, most recently worked in the food services department of New Hampshire Hospital. She was previously employed at Joe King’s Shoe Shop in Concord, where a co-worker remembered her Wednesday as a valuable employee always eager to greet customers.

Thursday morning, a GoFundMe page was created to help fund Galusha’s funeral. More than 20 people had donated to the “Sabrina Galusha Funeral Fund” within a few hours of the page’s startup. The family set a goal of $5,000.

Jette is next scheduled to appear June 14 in Merrimack County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

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