A Husson University student was killed Monday afternoon in Bangor.
The medical examiner has ruled the death of Brooke Locke, 21, a homicide.
Locke’s boyfriend, Zackery Mailloux, 21, is charged with murder.
Police say they found Locke’s body inside the Essex Street apartment she shared with Mailloux. Police were called to the apartment Monday afternoon for a report of a domestic disturbance.
The medical examiner says Locke died of strangulation.
Mailloux made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Penobscot County Judicial Center in Bangor.
” Certainly understands what’s going on, understands the nature of the charges and the legal position he’s in,” said court-appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein.
Tuesday afternoon a judge ordered Mailloux be held without bail.
“My understanding is he has no criminal histories or criminal involvements,” said Silverstein.
Both the victim and the accused killer were students at Husson University in Bangor.
Mailloux took classes through the Division of Continuing Education. Locke was a third year Occupational Therapy student.
” Both of these were young people about to embark on their lives and it’s certainly sad when something like this happens,” said Eric Gordon, executive director of marketing and communications for Husson University.
Counseling is available at Husson University for students and staff who need someone to talk with.
” Everyone here at Husson University is sending out their best wishes to the family of the victim. They are in our thoughts,” said Gordon.
The affidavit in the case has been sealed because Mailloux’s attorney does not want media coverage to impact the case.
” In the next few weeks I’m sure some things will unfold and we’ll learn more,” said Silverstein.
We’re told Locke worked at the Hannaford on Broadway in Bangor.
We tried to talk with friends of both Mailloux and Locke, but no one wanted to talk with us.
We also tried to talk with neighbors, but they would not go on camera. Neighbors did tell us they had never seen any trouble at the apartment house.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson declined to comment on the case.
The case will likely be brought to a Penobscot County Grand Jury later this month.