Housatonic man dies in fall from village water tower

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By Wednesday, Mar 29 News  3 Comments
Peter Bongers
The water tower in the village of Housatonic, Massachusetts, from whose heights a young Housatonic man fell to his death.

Housatonic — State and Great Barrington Police are investigating the death of a 22-year old Housatonic man, Jesse Dupont, whose body was found during police patrols early in the morning hours of Tuesday, March 28, on the ground beneath the Housatonic water tower.

“The incident is being investigated as a possible suicide and our policy is not to comment further on such,” Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh told The Edge.

Jesse Dupont

Jesse Dupont

Berkshire District Attorney spokesman Fred Lantz confirmed that State Police detectives are assisting Great Barrington authorities, adding that “there is no suspicion of foul play at this point.”

Although authorities could not reveal the name of the victim, multiple sources have confirmed the identity of the young man as Jesse Dupont, a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School. While at Monument, Dupont played football and was a close friend of Garrett Norton, another Housatonic resident who was the victim of an untimely death in an April 4, 2015, drunk-driving crash on East Street in Great Barrington. The driver of the car, Kyle Bailey, is currently serving a four-year jail sentence.

On Dupont’s Facebook page is a photo of him and Norton posing in their football uniforms in a school hallway. Dupont’s timeline photo is a graphic that says “In loving memory of Garrett J. Norton — 12.4.93 – 4.4.15.”

Dupont’s death prompted an outpouring of affection on his Facebook page. One friend, Antonio McClellan, referred to Dupont as “my brother.”

“We were always talk [sic] about how you were supposed to be there when the fame hit … No matter what the case, I don’t think another person in high school impacted me like you did. I’m all tears. I love you and I’m gunna keep the promises I made to you. I will never forget you Jesse Dupont.”

Dupont’s brother Adam added on his own page: “I love you jesse I’m going to … miss you dude you were my brother and my best friend I can’t believe your gone. Save me a spot in heaven so we can kick it when I get up there.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.


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  1. John Grogan says:

    Condolences to the DuPont family. The Edge, and the Eagle, have engaged in what I would consider scurrilous reportage with this story. While the Edge is reporting a quote…the Eagle just came out and reported on “speculation.” Chief Walsh HAS to know better than to say, for attribution, that this is being investigated as a suicide and I bet he had that one back. You just can’t say that. Say what the state/DA guys said; no suspicion of foul play. And neither “news vehicle” has the right to report on speculation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with John. In addition I feel like it is inappropriate to pull quotes off of someones Facebook. Did you ask Antonio or Adam if you could quote them? Also why did you pick Antonio to quote? Just because it sounded the best to you?How did you get access to Jesse’s page? It also seems like by using two paragraphs of a short article to talk about Garrett’s death and Jesse’s relationship to him, that you are implying some sort of connection between Jesse’s death and Garrett’s, which would be totally inappropriate and wildly unsubstantiated.

  3. Teri says:

    I am truly sorry for Jesse’s untimely death. Suicide or accident, it is traumatizing to his family and friends. Any fatal accident as the one Garrett Norton was in. I know all the family’s who suffered through the loss of Garrett but I see no reason for it to be reported along with the story here about Jesse. What comparrison is there ? I feel the heartache everyone is suffering through doesnt need to be reminded.

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