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December 31, 2012

Biddeford landlord charged with murdering two

Biddeford police had responded to a dispute over parking at the home just minutes before.

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By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
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and Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A makeshift memorial stands across from 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford, where Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch were shot dead Saturday.

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Derrick Thompson, left, and Alivia Welch

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Johnson and her family moved into the apartment in October.

The Cape Cod-style home has an addition that houses the apartment. The house has two driveways, one on either side of the house. On Sunday morning three cars were parked in one driveway and a landscape company truck was parked in the other.

Pak owns Korean Yankee Landscape in Biddeford. The business website identifies Pak as the owner, designer, dry stone mason and installer with 50-plus years of experience.

The site describes Pak as a Korean war orphan who grew up in Danby and Rutland, Vt., and went to work in the marble quarries.

He started his own stone masonry and landscape business in 1964, which he sold in 2006 when he moved to Biddeford with his wife and opened another business, according to the website.

Pak also sold hot dogs from a stand on Pool Road, Lemelin said.

A memorial to the two teenagers has been set up across from the crime scene. It features a cross with garlands. On Sunday, a snow-covered bouquet sat at the base.

Brent Curtis, a reporter at the Rutland Herald in Vermont, who wrote a profile about Pak before he moved, said he was surprised to hear about Pak's arrest.

"He was kind of, to the best of my knowledge, a beloved figure over here," Curtis said.

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James Pak

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Police are on the scene Sunday at 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford, where a shooting took place Saturday night. Two people were killed and another was wounded.

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Police are on the scene Sunday at 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford, where a shooting took place Saturday night.

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Maine State Police Sgt. Mark Holmquist speaks Sunday with reporters at the scene of a Saturday shooting at 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford.

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A makeshift memorial for Derrick Thompson, 19, and his girlfriend, Alivia Welch, 18, has been placed on Sokokis Road near the site of the shooting in Biddeford.

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