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February 15. 2014 4:49PM

Police say UNH lecturer killed man, self

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire lecturer who was wanted in connection with a murder in North Carolina apparently committed suicide on Saturday in Florida, according to police in Cary, N.C.

Eric Paul Engel, 43, allegedly shot and killed former family friend Aleksander "Lenny" Wysocki, 74, in Cary on Friday, according to police there.

Cary police believe Engel then killed himself in Dunnellon, Fla., and are awaiting an autopsy to confirm his identity.

"At this point, we feel confident that there is an end to the Wysocki tragedy," said Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Don Hamilton. "As we said earlier, we did not believe this was a random act, and based on evidence we cannot disclose at this point, we are confident Engel is the man who shot Wysocki."

Cary police said Wysocki was killed about 8:30 a.m. Friday; a neighbor heard a gunshot at Wysocki's home. Police found the wounded Wysocki in a side yard and took him to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he was pronounced dead.

Engel was hired as a lecturer in August and taught three courses at UNH, said Erika Mantz, the school's director of communications. She said the school will work over this weekend to find a replacement lecturer for his courses.

A University of New Hampshire faculty listing for Engel said he was a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a Master of Arts degree from Purdue in 1999 and a Ph.D from the University of South Florida last year.
 
According to posted catalog information, Engel was teaching a course in the current semester called Introduction to Language and Social Interaction. The class is described as covering "interpersonal communication processes and the ways in which they influence the formation of identity, personal relationships, gender, interactional patterns, conflict, culture and power."
 
Engel's doctoral dissertation last year centered on "incivility in the practice of law in Florida" and examined how people in the legal profession can "begin to communicate their way out of the problem."
Union Leader staff reporter Michael Cousineau contributed to this report.



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