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Concord Man Dies After Assault at Homeless Camp

Family members describe Mark Lufkin as a giving person and talented musician who was moved to help others.

The Concord Police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office are reportedly investigating a brutal attack last week on a Concord man in one the city’s homeless camps who succumbed to his injuries over the weekend.

Mark Lufkin, 39, died on April 6, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, due to injuries sustained in the attack, allegedly at the homeless campsite near the I-393 underpass about a block from The Friendly Kitchen.

UPDATE: Family to hold memorial service Tuesday

Details about what actually took place last week are currently incomplete.

According to a number of sources, Lufkin was attacked by another homeless man at the camp while reportedly protecting a young woman sometime during the evening of April 4, or morning of April 5. Another woman at the campsite reportedly beat off the initial attacker with a board. Lufkin was rushed to Concord Hospital for treatment and then later airlifted to Dartmouth where he passed away.

Police currently are not commenting on the case but family members have stated that the medical examiner is involved in the case and an autopsy is being performed.

Rebecca Beaupre, Lufkin’s cousin, who was with him when he passed away, said family members had spoken with detectives and have received a number of tips from friends and people who are connected with the city’s close-knit but often volatile homeless community. She said it was not surprising to hear that he was trying to protect someone since he was always trying to help people, especially those who were worse off then he was.

“Mark had a gift,” she said. “He was very intelligent. He had very good street smarts and a way with words … he wanted to help people … he was always out there helping people.”

Beaupre said Lufkin was “a gifted musician” who “could make anyone smile by just picking up his guitar.” He was self-taught and would easily learn songs on the first listen. They would often sing and play together, she said, noting that “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin and “Wish You Were Here,” by Pink Floyd were a couple of his favorite songs.

Despite having four children and moving to different parts of the country, Lufkin would always end up back in Concord, just as he had when he was a child growing up in Providence, RI, she said. Beaupre said Lufkin would spend summers with her family in Concord and said her dad was like a second father to him.

“He always had a home with us,” she said, holding back tears. “But Mark always felt as if he had a purpose out there … he was spreading the word of God, with his music. I knew one day I would find him … we would be burying him … but in my wildest dreams I never would have believed that someone (from the homeless community) would have done this to him. Everyone loved Mark.”

Although he had substance abuse issues and an arrest record, Beaupre said he was often at the Open Hands Resource Center, helping out, and considered many of the city’s homeless “like a second family,” which is why the attack seemed even more shocking.

Both local and state law enforcement officials are in the process of clearing out the campsites mostly located in the center part of the city, hanging up “No Trespassing” signs and patrolling the areas. Last year, a number of violent assaults occurred in the woods behind the Everett Arena, the largest camp area, and a number of people have died due to drowning in the Merrimack River.

Beaupre said when something bad happens in the community, “everyone wants to get involved and they think they might know something” which is why the family is continuing to contact people to find out what happened.

With Lufkin’s death, Beaupre said the family now believed that it was a murder case and she said they were not going stop until it was resolved.

“I don’t want him to go away and have people forget that he was there,” she said. “He just wasn’t a homeless man who was beaten … he was down there doing something, and I’m going finish whatever he was doing.”

Krystal McLeod - "That girls sister!" April 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
This is very sad. He truly did have a kind heart and never deserved what happened to him. The female that saved him is my sister, she lost the one person she lived in this world, he was more than a best friend. They have been friends for almost 20 years, I hope she makes it through this. The laws in NH ate so backwards. Once a person enters the criminal system in NH, you pretty much never get out and its a travesty. RIP Mark. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lufkin family and all Marks many many lived one's.
John Miller April 07, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Another human tragedy that was predictable given the violence with this community. I have and will continue to pray for his soul and those of his family and friends.
Katie Lynn April 07, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Mark, I miss you already.
Chrystine Collins-Blums April 08, 2013 at 01:38 AM
So sad and ironic because just tonight I was telling a first cousin I haven't seen or spoken to in 35 years how our paternal grandfather, a homeless man who was an alcoholic, was beaten to death in the early 1960ies. The more things change the more they stay the same. My prayers go out to the family and I believe Mark is with the Lord.
Steven April 08, 2013 at 02:50 AM
I was a high school friend of Mark's... My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family... He had such a big heart and he did not deserve to leave us this way... I will always remember him playing Led Zepplin songs on his guitar.... Please, if anyone has information on funeral arrangements, I would like to know... Thank you
Steven April 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
I was a high school friend of Mark's... My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family... He had such a big heart and he did not deserve to leave us this way... I will always remember him playing Led Zepplin songs on his guitar.... Please, if anyone has information on funeral arrangements, I would like to know... Thank you
Tara April 08, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Mark was sweet. In the very short time that I knew him he was joyful and kind. He prayed with us (LARCK FAMILY MISSIONS). He hung out with my husband Bill for a while on March 30th while telling him his story and the hard times he was experiencing.... they prayed....he smiled we all ate lunch and Mark was gone....obviously he was off to do bigger than any of us had ever immagined. He laid his life down for someone else. Gods word teaches us that there is no greater love than that. NO GREATER LOVE. I will c u again someday Mark. In Gods Love Your siblings in Christ Tara Bill and everyone from Larck Family Missions.
Lori lufkin April 08, 2013 at 12:11 PM
I miss you so much Mark. God how I wish, how I wish you were here... one of your favorite guitar songs! The wisdom will never leave me, as you were the most brilliant man alive. You died for what you believed in. You loved the helpless and homeless and even heartless. You loved with your entire being. Your loyalty was unshakable your witnessing about Jesus, unstoppable. I'll never forget you. May you now fly with the Angels above us, for we all know you were one among us! Love, Butterfly
jennifer dow April 08, 2013 at 01:24 PM
the dow family gives our deepest sypathys to all marks family and true friends he was a true friend a lover and just and all around great man his hugs would warm you his laugh infectious with mark around you never felt alone he was always such a delight he will always be in our hearts minds and prayers such a tragedy we love you mark r.i.p
Denise April 08, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Condolences to his parents, brother, and two sisters,niece and nephew, and especially his four children.
Sue quigley April 08, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I knew mark all through highschool, he was an amazing person, may he rest in peace!
Toliy April 08, 2013 at 08:37 PM
He was a great friend...we had many great times and will have great memories...god rest his sole and condolences to his family
Jayde Lufkin April 08, 2013 at 09:40 PM
he was not only my bestfriend but he was my dad. He made a great impact on my life, if it wasnt for him i would not be as strong as i am today. I love you Daddy. rest easy.
Tony Schinella (Editor) April 08, 2013 at 10:13 PM
@Jayde: I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm hoping for the best and praying for your family during this difficult time. Hang in there.
John Meibaum April 08, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I had the privilege of meeting Mark many years ago. He worked for me for a short period. I would often see him at the Reach4Hope bus visiting people and sharing his stories good or bad. Mark had a desire to always do the right thing. Through all of his addictions he managed to remain relatively positive. I nnever met anyone that didn't like Mark. He was friendly and articulate. I enjoyed many conversations with him about anything from family to helping others to self reflection. Mark knew very well who he was and what he was here to do. I admire his courage and will miss him very much. I pray for comfort and healing for his family and friends. In Christ, John Meibaum
Abigail Sara Gilpatrick April 09, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I miss you Uncle Mark, rest in peace! I love you.
nicole robinson April 09, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Mark, such a great person, missed so much by so many family/friends, I met you many years ago . I remember walking into a room full of GOOD people and you strumming away on the guitar and singing "Stairway to Heaven"... I don't know why there has to be so many good people that pass away so young?. All I know is you will NEVER be forgotten and your spirit lives on forever....... R.I.P. my friend see you in another life!~ Many, Many, good times~ My thoughts and Prayers go out to everyone that got to meet such a selfless great man!~ GOD BLESS~ Nicole
trinity coates April 09, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Trinity Coates When i was little mark was the one who taught me to ride a bike i miss him and give my regards to Travis,christgen,jade and autumn. miss you guys
Joshua Lufkin April 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Mark was my Cousin And I Will Miss Him. We Grew Up In The Same Neighborhood And Spend Many Holidays Together With Family. RIP Mark, Love you.
trinity coates April 10, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Mark was my god fathers couson and he always felt like family and to me he was. miss you mark and mike. wish you were here
trinity coates April 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
so sorry about mark.i miss him too.
apryl April 12, 2013 at 02:07 AM
i met mark through a friend. i did not know him well but in a time of need he was there for me. i was happy to return he favor when 6 yrs ago he needed a helping hand and i was able to lebd it to him. my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
John Miller April 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Yo need to do the right thing and let the police know who did what. The perpetrators of this type of conduct have the iq of a grape. They need to be brought to justice. The Vegas Building is where he was for several days according to the reports. He had many so called friends in there but to date they have chosen the cowardly route and not assisted the police. A disabled woman was raped in that building and set on fire a few years back. No one came forward to bring this serial rapist to justice. Why?
ruby e April 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Mark was a good man. He was raised in a loving family and was a loving and gifted person. Its a shame that Concord PD cant give him justice. Seriously its not that complicated. I think they don't want to get their shiny shoes dirty by walking down to the RR tracks and getting answers. Concord is not a huge city and everyone knows everyone. There is no excuse. We all know their is a witness to the attack. He may have been homeless but that was his choice he has family and friends that love him. We all deserve the truth so he can rest in piece!!!!
ruby e April 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Jayde I knew your dad since he was a child in RI I knew him as your father as well he loved you so much and knew you loved him too!! Im so sorry for your heart break!

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