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UPDATE: Concord police investigating homeless man’s death

Mark Lufkin, seen with his sister Christy Lecuyer, died Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Mark Lufkin, seen with his sister Christy Lecuyer, died Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

The Concord police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old homeless man.

The family of Mark Lufkin say he died Saturday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where he was being treated for a serious head injury. While the family believes that injury was sustained in a Thursday night attack at the homeless camp beneath the Interstate 393 underpass, Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley stressed that detectives are still wading through the rumors and don’t know what happened.

“The range of possibilities right now is anywhere from accidental to is it possible there is wrongdoing? Yes,” O’Malley said. “We’re looking into that but we don’t know where it falls in that range.”

O’Malley, who said Lufkin was originally taken to Concord Hospital on Thursday night or Friday morning, asked that anyone with first-hand knowledge of what may have caused his death to call the police.

“Rumors, conjecture, those sorts of things aren’t helping,” he said.

O’Malley said the New Hampshire attorney general’s office has been briefed on the situation but is not actively involved in the investigation.

A service will be held for Lufkin at 10 a.m. tomorrow at South Congregational Church, according to the family.

John Moretto, director of Concord’s Open Hands Resource Center, described Lufkin as a deeply spiritual man who recently came back to Concord – after moving to Florida where he stopped drinking alcohol and had found stable work – to share his love of God. He said Lufkin knew that coming back to the homeless community would likely – and ultimately did – mean the end of his sobriety.

“When Mark came back from Florida we had an occasion to talk to him and I was like, ‘What are you doing here? You cleaned up,’ ” Moretto said. “Mark said, ‘I don’t know why I’m here. I have to be here. I’m called here.’ ”

Moretto said the homeless community has been deeply affected by Lufkin’s death, and that anger has spurred rumors about what caused it.

“Our goal today, being here at Open Hands, is to defuse the rumors,” Moretto said. “What we expect here today is a lot of hatred, anger, ‘he said, she said.’ Our goal here today is to defuse that, focus people on the fact that certainly Mark would not want that.”

I had the pleasure of knowing Mark , whom I met at cold weather shelter. A kind spirit, and musician, he would sometimes play for us when a guitar was handy. He always wanted to defer to the next man or woman's needs. Humble and kind. I'll miss you, Mark, and see you again one day.

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