“He was a caring person,” his son said. “He would do anything he could for anybody.”
The son showed the last photograph taken of the two together during a visit to SpookyWorld only weeks earlier. He said his dad had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. Despite his criminal record, his father was a different person, he said.
“The past is the past,” he said. “People change.”
Thomas Enquist Sr. had a lengthy criminal history that included serving more than a decade in prison for trying to shoot and kill a Manchester police officer in 1994. He also was charged with punching a Londonderry boy in the face and pleaded guilty to attempting to break into a jewelry business.
The father also had been linked to the Lynn Breakers burglary ring, but never convicted in the theft of $2.5 million worth of jewelry, including 27 New York Giants Super Bowl rings, from a warehouse in Attleboro, Mass.
Members of the Lynn Breakers allegedly wore ninja outfits and used walkie-talkies, a cell phone jammer and power tools to commit the thefts as they cut a hole in the warehouse roof, according to published reports.
Thomas Enquist Jr. said his father was just starting to put his life back together again when he was found slain. No one was ever arrested in connection with his murder.
Diane Gauvain, the senior Enquist’s longtime partner and mother of Thomas Enquist Jr., has declined to comment. Last year, Jim Enquist of Candia said it was frustrating his brother’s murder had not been solved.
But Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said the investigation is very much alive. Agati said he last spoke to an investigator about the case recently, but could not provide further details.
“It is certainly a very active investigation,” he said. “It is in no way a cold case.”