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Vigil for slain hospital security officer will include mental health support 

By: - November 20, 2023 9:10 am

A 33-year-old transient shot and killed a New Hampshire Hospital security officer Friday evening at the start of his shift. A state trooper shot and killed the gunman. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

Monday’s vigil for slain New Hampshire Hospital security officer Bradley Haas, 63 of Franklin, will include mental health support for attendees. (Screenshot)

State officials and mental health providers are holding a candlelight vigil Monday at 4:30 p.m. near the state hospital to remember the security guard killed in the hospital’s lobby Friday and to support the staff and patients.

NAMI NH will be available on-site. Anyone who cannot attend but would like mental health support is encouraged to call 988, the state’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline. Help is also available by texting 833-710-6477 and visiting

Bradley Haas, 63 of Franklin, was killed as he began his shift at the hospital Friday afternoon by 33-year-old John Madore, whom the police described as a transient. Haas had been with the hospital since 2019 and was formerly Franklin’s police chief. 

The state police have not said what brought Madore to the hospital or whether he was connected to a U-Haul they found running in the parking lot with an AR-style rifle, tactical vest, and several magazines of ammunition inside. 

The vigil will be held on the soccer fields near the hospital, at the corner of South Fruit and Clinton streets in Concord. 

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Email: [email protected]