R.I. Mom Heartbroken When Recipient of Late Son’s Donated Organ Is Found Murdered at Home
A Rhode Island mother found comfort following the tragic loss of her murdered son with the knowledge that his donated organs had helped breathe new life into another man.
But that comfort was shattered last week when Alecia Williams learned the second man, who received her son's liver in 2016, became a victim of murder himself.
Mark Dupre, 65, died following a Jan. 14 attack in his Manville, Rhode island, home, that also claimed the life of his wife, Kimberly Dupre, 60. Police charged Timothy McQuesten, 46, in the couple's bludgeoning deaths, reports The Providence Journal.
"It's like reliving the story all over again because of the way that they died reminds me of the way that my son died," says Williams, reports Local21News.
Her son, Jasper Williams, was 24 when he was stabbed to death in December 2016 outside of his East Providence apartment after arguing with an acquaintance. His mother said she did not know until after Jasper died that he'd pledged to donate his organs.
Dupre, who received the younger man's liver, then connected with Jasper's mother.
"He sent me a Christmas card and he said to me, 'thank you for giving me a second chance at life,'" she says.
Afterward, the two eased into a friendship, nurtured through regular conversations between Williams, Dupre and Dupre's wife, says Williams. Earlier this month they'd exchanged greetings wishing each other a happy new year.
"What hurts is that for me, I won't be able to talk to him, because he had part of my son living inside of him," says Williams.
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McQuesten faced two counts of murder in connection with the Dupres' deaths. Testimony during a preliminary court hearing revealed that McQuesten knew the couple, and that on the Jan. 14 morning after a neighbor found Kimberly Dupre dead and her husband fatally wounded in their home, McQuesten called 911 to say he was upset about the murders, reports The Valley Breeze.
At the time, however, the deaths had not been made public. Police later said a bloodied hammer and crowbar were found in McQuesten's car.
Four days after his arrest, McQuesten was found unresponsive in his jail cell, an apparent victim of suicide, said J.R. Ventura, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, according to The Valley Breeze. No foul play was suspected.
Police did not reveal a motive for the murders.
The loss of the couple left Williams to grieve again.
"I was fortunate enough to know two great people for three years of my life," she says.
""If I had a chance to talk to Mr. Mark, I would say just give my son Jasper a hug in heaven."
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