Life of woman killed in random supermarket attack celebrated at school where …

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600 celebrate life of woman killed in supermarket attack.

SACO, Maine (AP) — Wendy Boudreau graduated from Thornton Academy in Maine, fell in love with her husband there, and eventually worked there. SACO — In nearly every photo that flashed across the screen at her funeral, Wendy Boudreau was at the center, her smiling face framed by a halo of soft curls.ALFRED — Connor MacCalister is being held in administrative segregation at the women’s unit of York County Jail for the alleged murder of Wendy Boudreau, and his family says they are setting up a fund to help the Boudreau family.

Hundreds of friends and family attended her funeral Tuesday in the high school’s auditorium, where her daughter said her mother wouldn’t want her relatives and friends to crumble under the tragedy of her brutal death in a supermarket stabbing. That, said those who loved her, was how Boudreau lived her life and what makes it seem nearly impossible to reconcile the shock of losing her in an instant. “It’s been like a lightning strike on a sunny day,” said Rev. Friends said family came first for Boudreau, but Thornton Academy was a close second. “I keep thinking that if everybody could be a little bit more like Wendy, what a kinder, more gentler world we would live in,” Boudreau’s sister Patricia Parisien said. Burt Howe of United Baptist Church of Saco, who led the funeral service Tuesday at Thornton Academy. “It came out of the blue and left us reeling.” Boudreau, 59, died Aug. 19 after Connor S. Boudreau, a Saco resident, was shopping at a neighborhood supermarket on Aug. 19 when 31-year-old Connor MacCalister slashed her throat, according to police.

A 59-year-old mother of four adult children who had nine grandchildren, Boudreau died Wednesday after MacCalister stabbed her in the neck near the ice cream freezers of the Shaw’s in Saco, police said. Hopkins told the Press Herald that this money may not help ease the Boudreau family’s suffering, but his family believes it has to try to do something to demonstrate its regret over what happened. More than 600 people filled Thornton Academy to celebrate Boudreau, who was remembered as a vivacious and caring mother and grandmother who lived life joyfully.

Howe began the service by asking the crowd to remember and celebrate Boudreau’s life, despite the profound impact her killing has had on the community. Last Sunday, Boudreau’s husband and children took her in a hearse for a final visit to Turkey Pond in Naples, where they had vacationed for 35 years. She was also especially fond of Christmas, and the slideshow included pictures of Boudreau prepping for the holiday and celebrating it with her children and grandchildren.

Linda Valentino, a state senator from Saco and a friend of Boudreau’s since elementary school, said her friend was “fun and daring and full of life.” As a Thornton Academy student, Boudreau was a varsity cheerleader who was always up for adventure. After their mother’s death, Hopkins said he started looking after his brother, making sure that MacCalister had enough money for rent and food, paying his bills and driving him to appointments. Laughter filled Garland Auditorium as Valentino described the walks she and Boudreau would take to Dairy Queen for ice cream just so Boudreau could walk past the house of her future husband, then a cute classmate with hair longer than Wendy’s, Valentino said. Valentino recalled Boudreau convincing her to head out for an ice cream cone one night and “accidentally” walking by Jeffrey’s house so the two could meet.

Those issues – Hopkins couldn’t provide an exact diagnosis – interfered with MacCalister’s quality of life. “Him acting the way he did was 100 percent unexpected,” Hopkins said. “It rips my heart out for what the police said he did. She said she got up early Tuesday morning to watch the sunrise from the same spot and “say goodbye.” Thornton Academy is a public school for students in grades six to 12 and includes a middle and high school.

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