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May 23, 2016 1:40 PM

UPDATE: Goffstown man who accidentally shot brother dies of apparent heroin overdose


GOFFSTOWN - A man who accidentally shot his brother last month was found dead last week, and drugs are suspected to be to blame.

It all started in a Goffstown apartment on April 11. Timothy Beard, 23, accidentally shot his brother Christian, 21, when the two were playing video games and drinking - sending Christian to a hospital in Boston, where he had been recovering from life threatening injuries.

“OK time to get up and at ‘em. Time to go home,” Christian can be heard saying in a video taken of his recovery in Boston.

According to family, Christian returned to Goffstown not long ago, but Timothy died on Sunday.

“The only thing I saw when I looked out the window was two police cars across the street,” said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “I slept for a while, and then I got up and I saw them carrying a body out of the house.”

Neighbors were hesitant to speak about the incident on camera. Manchester police told NH1 News that officials responded to five fatal overdoses last week, and the Manchester Fire Department confirmed that they responded to 24 Hampton St. for a fatal overdose.

“There was three or four young kids talking there,” said another neighbor.

A third neighbor went as far as identifying Timothy on social media, and saying he recognized Beard at the home before. It's unclear what Beard's connection to the home is.

“I know that they were very upset. You could see them by the cars crying,” said neighbor Jeffrey Denoncourt. “I did hear that they were involved in an incident that happened a month ago in Goffstown.”

Denoncourt said he remembered the images of Beard’s brother recovering from a gunshot.

Family and friends expressed their devastation on social media.

One post read, “It is with our deepest sorrow that i write this to inform you of the death of our beloved Timothy. He was a wonderful son, brother and friend to many. Our family is deeply saddened at this tragedy. Tim touched the lives of our family, his girlfriend Rayven, and so many more.”

NH1 News reached out to Rayven’s parents to see if she knew if Timothy had a history of using heroin, but no one could confirm or deny.

Manchester’s safe station program reported on Monday that they saw two patients from the Goffstown area in the past three weeks, but not Timothy.

Services were announced on Facebook for Timothy.

“For those looking to pay their respects to Tim, calling hours will be 4-8 at French and Rising in Goffstown, NH, this Wednesday. If you have photos of Tim, please message them to me directly on here. We would like to gather them for the services. We ask you send them to us before this evening. Thank you.”


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