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Hollis police place yellow tape around the house on Rt. 111 at the Massachusetts state line Friday, April 13, 2012.
Sunday, April 15, 2012

9-year-old Hollis boy dies from gunshot wound

HOLLIS – A 9-year-old child who suffered a gunshot wound Friday was pronounced dead Saturday, according to Hollis police.

Maximos Hebert, who lived with his father at 143 Runnells Bridge Road, was found Friday morning in his bedroom, having suffered a gunshot to the head. He was taken to a local hospital and transferred quickly to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to Hollis Police Chief Jay Sartell.

Officers aren’t yet sure about the details of the shooting, whether it was intentional or accidental, and the incident remains under investigation, Sartell said. An autopsy will be conducted in the coming days.

Maximos and his father, Anthony Hebert, have lived for nearly two years in the home, located next to Holt Lumber Yard near the border with Pepperell, Mass., according to Pat Holt, who owns both the lumberyard and the house.

Neighbors said families have moved in and out of the home over the last several years and that the Heberts mostly keep to themselves.

But, Holt described Maximos as an energetic, intelligent and affectionate child.

“He was very smart,” she said Saturday, choking back tears. “(He was) very rambunctious, always willing to give me a hug.”

The house, a brick-fronted, Cape-style home, stood quiet Saturday afternoon as word of the child’s death spread through town.

Customers at Hatch Convenience Store, located about a mile up the road from the home, spoke about the incident throughout the day, according to a store clerk. But, no one seemed to know the family personally, nor did they know any details of the incident, the clerk said.

More information will be released in the coming days, according to a police press release.

“Everyone’s just wondering what happened. It’s really sad,” the clerk said.

“It’s just tragic,” said Holt, owner of the Runnells Bridge Road home. “He was such a nice boy. He definitely lived up to his name. He was always to the max.”

Jake Berry can be reached at 594-6402 or