HAVERHILL — Tracy LaCava said she and her husband would have done anything to help Kevin Paul, and that he’d do anything for them.
They said there was a time in his life when he had it all, including his own construction company and a family. But he encountered some personal problems, they said, and ended up divorced and eventually homeless.
The last time LaCava and husband Michael Piscatelli saw their friend was late Monday afternoon, when he stopped by their home on Arlington Street to say he was heading back to the apartment was living at with Susan Lovejoy. He said he was going to get his belongings and leave.
They said Paul asked them to hold onto his favorite blue jean jacket and his food stamp card so Lovejoy could not steal it, as she had in the past. He also asked them to hold onto some paperwork he intended to file for government assistance because he didn’t want Lovejoy to see it, they said.
Paul also left them his prescription medication and told them he didn’t want Lovejoy taking it from him, which she had in the past, they said.
“Kevin told me he’d decided to finally take a stand against her and that he was tired of her abuse,” LaCava said about Lovejoy.
Later that night, police responded to a report of a suicide at the apartment where Paul lived with Lovejoy. When officers arrived, they found Paul lying on the living room floor covered in blood. Paul, 51, was taken to Merrimack Valley Hospital and pronounced dead. Lovejoy told police Paul had stabbed himself, according to the police report, but investigators said his wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted one.
Lovejoy, 64, of 1 Water St., Apt. 306, was arraigned on a murder charge on Tuesday in Haverhill District Court, where she was represented by defense attorney John Apruzzese of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Council Services. The Eagle-Tribune contacted Apruzzese yesterday for comment on this story, but Apruzzese responded that he had nothing to say.