Daughter of Package Bomb Victim Found Dead
CORNWALL ISLAND, Ontario (AP) _ The death of a member of the family targeted last month in a series of fatal package bombings in New York state is being investigated as a homicide.
Authorities wouldn’t say whether they believe there are links between the bombings and the death of Dawn Lazore, 18. Her body was found Sunday night on the Canadian side of the St. Regis Indian Reservation about 165 miles northeast of Syracuse.
Police discovered the body along the side of a road on Cornwall Island. Authorities haven’t said what wounds the woman suffered. Lazore lived with her mother on the island, said Akwesasne Mohawk police Sgt. Roger Mitchell.
Her death was being investigated as a homicide, Mitchell said.
Lazore was the daughter of William Lazore, who suffered chest and leg injuries when he tried to use a rake to open a package bomb sent to his home Dec. 28.
The bomb was one of six sent by courier or mail across upstate New York in what police describe as a revenge plot masterminded by Michael Stevens. Police said Stevens sent the bombs to relatives of his girlfriend, Brenda Lazore Chevere, because he felt her family was against him.
Four of the bombs exploded, killing three family members and two bystanders.
Stevens was in jail with his alleged accomplice, Earl Figley. They each face several charges in connection with the bombings.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in Buffalo, one of the lead agencies in the investigation of the bombings, had no comment Tuesday on Dawn Lazore’s death. Calls to the ATF office in Buffalo were referred to the bureau’s New York City office, where agent Nancy Roward said she wasn’t familiar with the case.
Dawn Lazore’s body was taken to Toronto, and an autopsy was planned for Wednesday or Thursday. Police on the reservation, which is known in Canada by its Mohawk name of Akwesasne, and Ontario Provincial Police are investigating her death.