Holiday begins with tragedy

Rachel Jenks

Three people are dead, two of them NMU students, after a domestic situation turned fatal in the early morning hours of

According to a press release issued by the Michigan State Police, initial reports indicate Charles Masterson, 26, shot and killed Jessica Drummond, 22, and Brodie Dagenais, 22, in the home the three shared on Moran Street in Marquette Township.

Police were called to the house on Thanksgiving morning when Drummond called 911 at 4:40 a.m. When the police arrived on scene, they discovered all three of the residents deceased inside the house.

Derek Hall, assistant vice president of university marketing and communications, said Drummond and Dagenais were students of NMU who began attending in the Fall 2011
semester. Drummond was scheduled to graduate next week with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Dagenais attended NMU from Fall 2011 to Fall 2013 and was planning on returning this winter semester, according to Hall.

Drummond’s Canale Funeral Home obituary states that she graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2011. Drummond worked at both the Beef-A-Roo and Third Base Bar where “she looked forward to the crazy conversations and bantering with her regular crew.”

She was supposed to start a new career at UP Health System-Marquette as a unit clerk Nov. 30. The obituary also states that Drummond was pregnant at the time of her death.

“She knew who she was and wasn’t afraid to be herself. She really did dance like no one was watching,” Drummond’s obituary states.

Dagenais was attending NMU pursuing a degree to become a registered nurse, according to his Fassbender Funeral Home obit. He worked as a float unit clerk at UP Health System-Marquette “where he was well-liked and respected by his co-workers.”

“Brodie always greeted you with a smile and was the life of the party,” the obituary states.  Dagenais was fond of his cat, music and “taking summer vacations with his family.”

Drummond, his obituary states, was Dagenais’ “best and special friend.”

Masterson, according to Hall, is in the NMU student information system, but is not on record for ever attending the school.

Masterson’s obituary from Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry states that he graduated from Newberry High School in 2007 and went on to attend Ferris State University, pursuing a degree in the nursing field.

Police are not stating at this time how they believe the domestic situation began or why it escalated.

Autopsies were conducted at UP Health System-Marquette on Nov. 27.

The incident is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police Negaunee post.