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Staff photo by Don Himsel Corey Furgal, arraignment, November 2, 2009.
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man faces murder charges in stabbing

MERRIMACK – The man who police say stabbed and killed a 20-year-old Nashua man in November was indicted on charges of second-degree murder this week.

A Hillsborough County grand jury indicted Corey Furgal, 24, of 16 Bel-Air Ave. in Merrimack, on two charges of second-degree murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to court documents.

Furgal was arrested the night of Nov. 1, less than 24 hours after police responded to 157 Bedford Road in Merrimack for a reported fight and possible stabbing. Officers found that Chris Vydfol had been stabbed in the chest. He was rushed to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where he died, police said.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said officials interviewed more than a dozen people, mostly in their early 20s, who were at the party. She wouldn’t elaborate on what might have led to the incident.

One of the second-degree murder charges against Furgal alleges that he recklessly caused Vydfol’s death by showing “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” The other second-degree murder charge simply alleges he killed Vydfol by stabbing him in the chest, according to the court documents.

Furgal was convicted of possession of a controlled drug in Hillsborough County Superior Court in January 2006, which led to the felon in possession of a weapon charge, according to the indictment.

Furgal waived his probable cause hearing at Merrimack District Court. He will be arraigned at Hillsborough County Superior Court on Feb. 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Vydfol had dropped out of Merrimack High School and had been talking about earning his GED before his death, and he had just moved into his own apartment, according to his grandmother, Susan Geoffroy.

A number of Vydfol’s family members live in Nashua, including his parents, Joseph Vydfol and Lorri Geoffroy, his brothers, Joseph Leo Vydfol and Steven Vydfol, according to his obituary. He worked at Joanne’s Kitchen and as a dishwasher and prep cook at Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse in Nashua.

“He was just trying really, really hard. He was just trying to grow up,” Susan Geoffroy said. “Just all in all, a nice, nice kid. You couldn’t have asked for a better one. I would have liked to have kept him for another 50 or 60 years.”

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or