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May 10, 2013

Man's friends: He planned to leave girlfriend before fatal stabbing

Lovejoy charged with killing Paul in their apartment


LaCava said she and her husband considered Paul their best friend and that they repeatedly urged him to get away from Lovejoy. So did other people he worked with at the Open Hand Pantry, they said.

“All of us at the pantry would circle around him and tell him not to go back to her,” LaCava said. “He told me that Sue had taken him in when he was homeless and that he was having a hard time leaving her.

“Kevin told us she was a crack addict and a heroin addict and that every time he got his EBT card refilled, she’d take it and use it to get cash,” LaCava said about Lovejoy.

To LaCava and her husband, Paul’s death ended the life of a man they considered part of their family.

“She killed our best friend and if she doesn’t go to jail for this, I’ll be heartbroken,” LaCava said about Lovejoy.

The fatal stabbing case began about 5 p.m. Monday, when police received a report of a disturbance at the apartment building at 1 Water St. There, they found Lovejoy unsteady on her feet — apparently heavily intoxicated, according to a police report. After talking to Lovejoy, 64, and her live-in boyfriend Paul, 51, officers determined they had been arguing, and that she had too much to drink and had also taken pills, the report said.

Lovejoy responded in a slurred speech that Paul was a womanizer and abuser, according to the police report. Paul told police that Lovejoy had been drinking since the day before and was “out of her mind” and needed to be hospitalized. Police had her transported by ambulance to Merrimack Valley Hospital for observation.

Several hours later, Lovejoy left the hospital and made her way back to the apartment, the report said. At 11:35 p.m., officers returned to the apartment for a reported suicide, according to the police report. Officers found Paul dead from a stab would.

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