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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Brandon Nye sits in Nashua District Court during his arraignment Tuesday, August 24 2010.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Gerald Nye, Brandon's father, sits in Nashua District Court before his son's arraignment Tuesday, August 24 2010.
  • This photo was taken from one of Brandon Gaudette's friend's Facebook accounts and shows Gaudette holding a fish that he caught. Gaudette, 21, of Nashua, was killed in a stabbing incident on Monday.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Man accused of murder

NASHUA – As muffled cries broke the courtroom silence, a 19-year-old sat in handcuffs and was accused of murdering another man with a knife.

Brandon Nye, of Nashua, was arraigned Tuesday morning at Nashua District Court on one count of second-degree murder and will be held without bail.

Nye is accused in the death of Brandon Gaudette, 21, of Nashua.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said there are two alternative counts to the murder charge: The court will need to decide whether to charge Nye with acting knowingly or recklessly in causing the death of Gaudette by stabbing him with a knife. No decision was made at Nye’s arraignment Tuesday.

Many of Gaudette’s friends and family showed up to the arraignment, some in tears. They came into the courtroom shortly before Nye was brought out in handcuffs.

Nye’s father, Gerald Nye, was also present. He sat in the pews with his head on his hands before his son came out.

“My condolences go out to the Gaudette family,” Gerald Nye said before the hearing began at the courtroom Tuesday morning.

Police received a 911 call from 74 Ridge Road at about 5 p.m. Monday. Responding officers found Gaudette dead at the scene. The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy to officially determine cause and manner of death.

Strelzin said there was a woman at the residence as well as the two men and she was unharmed. He added that Nashua Police were still on scene Tuesday morning, processing evidence.

Gerald Nye said his son’s ex-girlfriend lived at the house, but neither police nor Strelzin would not confirm or deny that information. City assessing records say the house is owned by Steven and Melanie Allwood, who could not be reached for comment.

The act wasn’t random, Strelzin said, in that all three people present at the home knew each other. No other details were released surrounding the circumstances that led to Gaudette’s death. Court documents related to the case remained sealed Monday.

Strelzin said the past 24 hours were difficult and shocking for Gaudette’s friends and family.

Brad Wates, 22, of Manchester, sat with family members at the arraignment and said he had been best friends with Gaudette since he was 5 years old. Gaudette was the best man at Wates’ wedding, and the two grew up together through elementary, middle and high school.

“I used to sleep over his house, like, every night,” Wates said.

Wates said he was told about the situation Monday night when a few people called him after being questioned by police and asked him to come to the house.

“It was all over Facebook in, like, an hour,” he said.

Many Facebook posts have been updated today by Gaudette’s friends on the site, including those mourning his loss and a few who said Gaudette didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Wates said he and Gaudette had known Nye for about a year but chose not to elaborate on the extent of their relationship. He also said he knew what happened on Monday that led to the stabbing, but he would not give specific details.

“I can’t even believe it yet,” Wates said. “He was at my house yesterday. We go to the gym every morning at 5 a.m.”

According to a friend of Gaudette who e-mailed The Telegraph, the Gaudette family is having trouble paying for funeral and burial costs and a fund has been established at TD Bank.

TD Bank’s Public Relations Manager Rebecca Acevedo confirmed that the Brandon Gaudette Memorial Fund has been created and that donations are now being accepted at any TD Bank location.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com.