0829 today in history
0829 today in history
DURHAM, New Hampshire — A lawyer and Republican activist who taught at the University of New Hampshire was stabbed to death in his home, authorities said.
Alex Talcott, 41, died of a gunshot wound to his neck early Saturday and was found by police who fired a grenade investigation In what they described as a “suspicious death.” The investigation is still ongoing and the authorities are still trying to establish the circumstances of the accident.
“New Hampshire’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Jenny Duvall, determined that the cause of death of Mr. Talcott was a stab wound to the neck,” the attorney general’s office said in a news release. “The method of death is homicide. As used by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, homicide is defined as the killing of a person by another person.”
The authorities said they have identified all parties involved in the incident and are investigating whether the person who killed Talcott acted in self-defence. No arrests were made, but officials said there was no danger to the public.
Talcott was a Republican attorney who taught at the University of New Hampshire. City Manager Todd Selig, who also oversees the local police department, said he felt it would be inappropriate for him to provide comment about Talcott.
“But we can confirm that Alex Talcott has been active in local affairs in and out of the country over the years serving on both the Districts Adjustment Board and the Economic Development Committee at various times,” Selig said. However, Alex has not been a member of local boards for several years.
Who was Alex Talcott?
Those who knew and worked with Talcott described him as thoughtful, intelligent, and active in the New Hampshire Republican Party.
Cardin Welsh, based in Durham, worked with Talcott on the Economic Development Committee. Having worked with Talcott on the city’s Economic Development Commission, Welch said he found him to be an “influential person”.
“He was always well prepared,” said Welch. “He was very thoughtful, very intelligent, and always willing to offer his opinions and ideas.”
Talcott is listed as a member of the National Republican Bar Association. According to the association, Talcott was a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and practiced his work in real estate, finance and small business.
Talcott was also a former director of the Republican National Lawyers Association in the state, according to the group’s current president in New Hampshire, William O’Brien.
“We will forever honor Alex’s selfless dedication and deep contributions to our shared vision of freedom through legal processes,” O’Brien said in a statement. “His legacy will undoubtedly inspire future generations within the RNLA and the larger legal community.”
Until 2021, Talcott was a part-time instructor at the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics, teaching corporate finance and business law.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Alex Talcott’s sudden death,” the university said in a statement on Monday. Our thoughts are with Alex’s family at this difficult time.
Contributing: The Associated Press