Twin brothers die in same fairground 2 years apart

7:39 PM, Mar 6, 2014   |    comments
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DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A family in Dover-Foxcroft is now mourning the death of three brothers who have died in a span of a little more than two years.

James Curtis, 48, died in a snowmobile crash at the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds Tuesday. He drove into a rope and was thrown from his sled and died. His death is the latest in a string of tragedies for the Curtis family.   

In November of 2011, in the same fields, his twin brother Michael Curtis was shot and killed during a standoff with police, after he killed his wife's ex-husband.

A third brother, Norman Curtis, took his own life in December of 2012 at a campground in New Hampshire.
 
Many people are discussing the family's string of tragedies in Dover-Foxcroft. At Athens Pizza, Addam Moffett and his wife, Christine, didn't know the family but couldn't help feeling sympathetic.
 
"I want to send out my condolences to the family and friends of the victim of the accident," Addam Moffett said.
 
"I feel really sorry for them and hope to give them best wishes,"  his wife Christine said.
 
However, opinions did vary. Dan Barber took a break from his window washing duties to offer his thoughts.

"I don't know, he shouldn't have been up there riding. That's all I know," he said, referring to reports that the fairgrounds are supposed to be off-limits to snowmobiling.

Others were more focused on the family. At the Center Theater, Mike Kagan expressed his sympathies too.

"My reaction, I think about the impact on the family and the fact that you lose one son it's bad enough but now you see a series of that happening I just really feel for the people who are left."

Rebecca Dyment, a friend of James Curtis, said he was well-liked and that he loved snowmobiling. 

She also said Jim had offered to come over this weekend and help her fix her snowmobile free of charge because that was the kind of guy he was.

 

 

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