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Parents say alcohol played role in son's death

Larry Thibadeau, Jr. Larry Thibadeau, Jr.

by Jenn Jarvis

MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- A 19 year-old Manchester man was drinking the night he took his own life. And his family believes he would still be alive if alcohol had not been involved.

Larry Thibadeau, simply Junior to his friends and family, shot himself last month.

"It's real hard to deal with. Worse thing I can ever think of," his father, Larry Thibadeau, Sr., said.

While his death is classified as a suicide, his parents say he was hardly rational with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit.

"It was the alcohol. It was not my son. If my son was sober he never would have pulled that trigger," Junior's mom, Ileen Penney, said.

While his parents blame the booze, Manchester police arrested Junior's neighbor and friend for allegedly giving him the alcohol.

"We have now alleged that a 23-year old Manchester man, Christopher Wuchter, had supplied alcohol to the deceased and that is a violation of the law," Manchester Police Chief Bruce Trapp said.

Police say the two were drinking together at home when Junior killed himself. But, instead of seeing Wuchert in jail, Junior's dad hopes others will learn from his son's death.

"What could happen if you furnish alcohol to a minor. I've done it, I'm sure a lot of people have done it and nothing's ever happened. I've never been charged with it. I know I wouldn't do it now," Thibadeau said.

Christopher Wuchter does have previous convictions involving alcohol including an OWI and underage drinking.

Online Reporter: Jenn Jarvis
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