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Authorities found 35-year-old Nicole Hughes and her 1-year-old daughter, Ariella Bell, dead in their home on Saturday. Each had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Hours later, 42-year-old Jamie Bell, the man suspected of killing his partner and their daughter, was found dead by apparent suicide on the bank of the Merrimack River.
Amanda Grady Sexton, public affairs director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, said this tragic case reflects known patterns of abuse.
“Bell’s criminal history demonstrates how domestic violence escalates over time,” she said. “His illegal use of firearms and his use of strangulation against an intimate partner were strong warning signs that he was a serious risk to those in his household.”
Sexton said domestic violence homicides are preventable, avoidable, and predictable. So people shouldn’t be shy about reaching out to the statewide 24/7 helpline, 1-866-644-3574, if something about a relationship looks or feels unsafe.
Whenever high-profile cases like the one in Franklin happen, Sexton said the hotline sees a dramatic increase in calls, from people who are in unhealthy relationships and from their friends, family members, and other concerned parties. Callers don’t need to be in crisis to call and speak with an advocate, she noted.
June 7, 2023