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Friends, neighbors mourn teen killed in barn collapse

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 5, 2007 10:26 AM


Neighbors of a Massachusetts teenager who died Tuesday when the wall of a barn collapsed on him in New Hampshire described him as a "good guy" who excelled in track and in school.

Travis Desimone, 17, of Marlborough, Mass. was helping renovate the building in Marlborough, N.H., when a 4-by-6-foot section of cement wall fell on him, Globe Correspondent Emily A. Canal reports.

"He was a great guy, just a normal kid," said Glenn Richardson , a neighbor.

Detective Steve LaMears of the Marlborough, N.H., Police Department said the fall could have been caused by Desimone's sawing of pipe that connected to the wall, or the vibrations of the tool he was working with.

"All the walls of the barn are free-standing, only connecting to the roof," LaMears said. "It is possible that with Mother Nature and time the cement became loose with the vibration inside."

Read more about the tragedy in the Globe's City & Region section online.

-- Globe City & Region section

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