HINSDALE, N.H. -- The office of the New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced today that an autopsy confirmed Dustin Curtiss was killed by gunshot wounds to the torso and upper extremities.
The press release, issued in conjunction with N.H. State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn and Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, stated the autopsy, which was conducted by the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, was completed on Oct. 15.
Dr. Kimberley Springer, of the chief medical examiner's office, classified the manner of death as homicide, meaning that his death was caused by another person. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing.
Curtiss, 26, of Hinsdale, was killed on Oct. 13 in what appeared to be a family dispute that turned violent.
Curtiss was first transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont by emergency personnel and then to the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts where he was pronounced dead.
According to an obituary posted at tributes.com, Curtiss was born in Brattleboro on Aug. 11, 1987, the son of Mark and Cindy (Petrie) Curtiss. He attended Hinsdale schools and was a graduate of Hinsdale High School, Class of 2005. In high school, Curtiss played a number of sports, including soccer and baseball and was a long-distance runner. He also practiced martial arts with Rouleau- Holley's Tae Kwon Do of Brattleboro.
He was a veteran with eight years service in the U.S. Marine Corps, with a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. His discharge date was scheduled for Oct. 17. He achieved the rank of sergeant. Prior to joining the service, Curtiss worked on several farms in Hinsdale that included Echo Farms and Clearwater Farms. He had also been employed at Fireside True Value in Brattleboro.
He was married to Hannah Wiest and had one daughter.
There was a memorial service for Curtiss earlier this month. Memorial contributions in Curtiss' name may be made to Wounded Warrior Campaign Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Additionally, he leaves a large host of friends both locally and in the U.S. Marine Corp. Dustin was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Louise and Herman Petrie and maternal step-grandmother Barbara (Puffer) Petrie. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Street in Brattleboro. Committal Rites and burial with full military honors will follow in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Hinsdale. Following the committal services a reception will take place at the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 on Black Mountain Road in Brattleboro. Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
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