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UPDATED: Man killed in Hinsdale; AG indicates family dispute turned violent

October 14. 2013 10:22PM

HINSDALE — A family dispute turned violent and ended the life of a 26-year-old Hinsdale native Sunday night, authorities say.

Dustin Curtiss suffered at least three gunshot wounds. His death is being investigated as a homicide by the Attorney General's Office, but so far no arrest has been made.

Hinsdale police officers responded to a 911 call made from a High Street home around 10:15 p.m., where they were met by family members. Curtiss was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont and then flown to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.

"We'll go where the investigation takes us," Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said Monday. "We are still within those first 24 hours."

Curtiss grew up in the home where he was shot, 68 High St., according to neighbor Richard Hood.

"He grew up, lived in the house next door, went to school with my two grandsons, played soccer with them, then he got out of high school, graduated, and he joined the Marines," Hood said. "When he was younger, at home, he would come over and offer to mow my lawn."

Curtiss married and had a daughter, his neighbor said. He lived on a Marine base. When he came home to visit his parents, Mark and Cindy Curtiss, Hood said he would talk to Curtiss about the Marines.

"He went through it the first four years and he reenlisted so that's where he's been since he got out of high school," Hood said. "I assume he was interested on making that a career."

Mark Curtiss works at Vermont Yankee and had been a town firefighter and the town dog catcher, Hood said. Cindy Curtiss is a nurse.

Curtiss also grew up with a sister.

Never having seen any violent family disputes at the Curtiss home, Hood said was surprised by the shooting.

"I never witnessed anything," Hood said.

According to his Facebook page, Curtiss had graduated from Hinsdale Senior High School and lives in Jacksonville, Fla.

The chief medical examiner in Massachusetts plans to conduct an autopsy to determine Curtiss' exact cause of death. Because Monday was the Columbus Day holiday, it is unclear when the autopsy will take place, Ward said.

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