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Answers still lacking in murder-suicide of NH native and her children

Union Leader Correspondent

March 23. 2018 1:31AM

Samantha Field and her children, Ava Grace, 4, and Ashen Conner, 2, were murdered on March 13 in Washington state. 

While a Webster couple prepares for the funerals of their daughter and grandchildren, investigators and friends in Washington state are still seeking answers in the murder-suicide that took the lives of New Hampshire native Samantha Field and her two children.

Samantha, 32, her daughter, Ava Grace, 4, and son, Ashen Conner, 2, will be remembered Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Phaneuf Funeral Home in Boscawen. A memorial service follows at 6 in the funeral home’s chapel, according to the family’s obituary.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington said that airman Clinton Field, 29, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, shot and killed his wife and children on March 13 at their home in Spanaway before killing himself.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ed Troyer said Clinton sent his father a text message and called 911 to confess to the murders before turning the murder weapon, a legally owned 9 mm handgun, on himself.

The case will likely be closed once the toxicology reports come back, said Troyer.

“Like all of us, we are looking for answers, but not expecting to find one,” he said.

Troyer said the Fields had lived in their neighborhood for about a year and police had never been called to their home before.

“None of the neighbors could tell us anything about them and from every outside appearance and photos we found they were your typical family that stayed out of trouble,” he said.

One person who knew Samantha well was her boss, Saphronia Young, of the Law Offices of Regeimbal, McDonald and Young in Des Moines, Wa.

If Samantha lived in fear of her husband, she never showed it, Young said.

“I didn’t see her as a person who was miserable or unhappy,” said Young. “She came into the office on Monday (March 12) and told us she had let him know she was going to file for divorce. We knew a little bit about his troubles and that she had tried and tried and tried to get him to address some of his issues, and he was apparently either unwilling or unable to address those things.”

Samantha had been employed at the firm for about six months.

“She was very much a favorite at the office, and this is a huge loss to us both personally and professionally,” said Young. “She was extremely smart, and I cannot emphasize that enough. She was simultaneously raising two children and working full-time and going to school for her paralegal degree (from American Military University), in addition to working out (at a cross-fit gym for base wives). She just had this incredible ability to balance everything she had going on. She was just an all-around amazing person.”

Young described Samantha as a dedicated employee with a quick wit and a dry sense of humor.

“She really loved her kids, she was proud of being Irish, and she was proud of being from New Hampshire,” said Young. “She loved her travel experiences, loved her time (visiting her husband) in Korea. She was very adventurous.”

Samantha was born in Concord to Christine and Thomas Reardon Jr. The family moved to Webster when Samantha was 15; she was home-schooled there prior to leaving home at 18. She married Clinton Field in May 2013.

Prior to moving to Washington in November 2106, the Fields were stationed in Valdosta, Ga.

According to her obituary, Samantha returned home for a year while Clinton was stationed in Korea, “which allowed her family time to watch the children grow and develop their own special personalities. Personalities which mirrored that of their mother; fiercely independent and strong-willed. They both possessed boundless energy, creativity, and a maturity far beyond their short years.”

“Our hearts are broken,” Thomas Reardon said in a statement. “We lost half our family in one person’s selfish act.”

Read the Fields’ obituary here.

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