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The person they feared was another victim in Monday’s triple homicide, Shawn Currey, 57, of Machias, said a friend of Flynn of 25 years, who hung out with the pair on Saturday, eating popcorn chicken and drinking coffee.
“I’ve never seen fear like I saw in [Flynn], or have had her ever speak to me about God like that,” said the friend, who asked for anonymity because she feared for her safety. Flynn “never asked me before about God like that.”
A Machias resident, the 49-year-old Flynn, Currey and Samuel Powers, 33, of Jonesboro, were killed in the shooting spree, while Long was wounded and remained at a hospital in Portland on Thursday. Her condition was upgraded from critical to serious, a hospital spokesperson said.
The four victims and 63-year-old Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield, the man charged in the shootings, all knew each other, Bonfanti’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said this week. But the sequence of events and what allegedly drove Bonfanti to shoot them is still unknown.
Long suffered violence and jealousy at the hands of Currey, said Flynn’s friend, who was friends with Long for three years.
Flynn “figured the shooter would be Regina’s boyfriend [Currey]. He hated her,” said the friend. “They had their issues before because of his jealousy of Jennifer being a friend of Regina’s.”