CONCORD, N.H. – A New Hampshire man was charged Monday with fatally shooting his sister in the head in the house they shared in Amherst.

Robert Leonard, 25, was arraigned in Milford District Court on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Trina Leonard, whose body was found Sunday night. An autopsy determined that she died of two gunshot wounds to the head.

Robert Leonard was being held without bail. Prosecutors gave no possible motive for the slaying and court documents have been sealed for 60 days. A hearing has been scheduled for April 7.

The public defender’s office in Nashua was appointed to handle his case. Attempts to call the office late Monday afternoon were met by a busy signal.

“I really have no comment because I really don’t know exactly what went on,” said Susan Hague, Trina and Robert Leonard’s mother.

Trina Leonard had a son and a daughter, said Kitty Larochelle, director of The Growing Years day care center in Manchester, where Leonard worked several years ago. Her children attended the day care at the time; Larochelle said she believed the children would be 8 and 6 now.

“They were definitely her priority, which just adds to the tragedy,” Larochelle said. She said Trina Leonard had stopped by the center occasionally but that she hadn’t seen her in a while.

Trina Leonard had been working at Ezenia, a software business in Nashua, chief financial officer Tom McCann said.

“We’re obviously shocked at what has happened and we’re still trying to come to terms with it,” he said.


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