Weekend death ruled a homicide

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup A Nashua police officer speaks with Mark Carter, who lives in an apartment house next door to the 19 Buck St. residence in which David Smith was found dead during the weekend. A short section of Buck Street remained closed Monday as police continued their investigation.

NASHUA – A Monday autopsy indicated Nashua resident David Smith is the victim of a homicide, with his death resulting from a single gunshot wound.

Smith, 49, was reportedly found early Sunday morning “not breathing … cold to the touch” by someone who then called 911, according to police radio reports.

Arriving officers confirmed the report, triggering a response by several patrol units and detectives, who promptly cordoned off a wide area and launched their investigation.

Senior Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General Benjamin Agati said Monday that the case remains “an active investigation,” and asks anyone who may have any information on the incident to contact the Nashua Police Department.

Particularly of interest to investigators, Agati said, is where Smith was and what he was doing during a roughly 12-hour time frame from noon Saturday to when he was found very early Sunday morning.

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup The scene of what is now a homicide investigation at 19 Buck St. remained largely unchanged Monday morning, as police worked inside the house and under the temporary shelter set up out front.

Anyone with information can contact Nashua police Lt. Craig Allard at 603-594-3553, or call the department’s anonymous Crime Line at 603-589-1665.

Meanwhile, uniformed officers and detectives came and went throughout Monday from the small, circa 1890 home at 19 Buck St. The police department’s crime scene van departed by noon Monday, but the enclosed portable shelter within which police worked remained set up in the narrow street in front of the residence.

Mark Carter, who lives at 81 Ash St., an apartment house on the corner of Ash and Buck streets that abuts 19 Buck St., called Smith “a wonderful man,” and said he hopes the case is solved promptly.

Carter came and went from his first-floor apartment, sometimes speaking with police as he strolled slowly past the crime scene and back again.

Joining the investigation on Monday was K-9 officer Joshua Trefry, who led his canine partner through a narrow alleyway that leads from Ash Street and runs past the rear of 19 Buck St. to 21 Buck St.

Thick with overgrown brush and encumbered by trash barrels and other obstacles, the alley was also the focus of attention for two other officers who could be seen working in the space.

Several officers carried paper bags, presumably containing articles of evidence, to the enclosed shelter.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.