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May 2, 2011

Community stunned by homicide

CONSTABLE — Karen L. Bourdon, a well-known and respected counselor at Malone Central School District, was killed early Monday morning in her home.

Her son, Dilan E. Clark, 14, was arrested; State Police Bureau of Investigation says the charge will likely be second-degree murder.

Police did not release information on how Bourdon died but said an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday in Albany.

Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague has been called in as special prosecutor, police said, because Franklin County D.A. Derek Champagne has a close, personal relationship with the family.

HUSBAND AWAY

Bourdon’s 14-year-old daughter made the 911 call at 2:01 a.m. that brought police to the house, prepared to take care of an assault in progress.

They arrived to find Bourdon, 45, dead, police said at a press conference Monday. Her daughter was unharmed.

Police said Clark fled but was found at 6:33 a.m., sitting outside another home on Route 30, about a mile away.

The people who live there don’t know him, police said.

Bourdon’s husband, Ron Clark, a volunteer firefighter, was in Saranac Lake helping flood victims when his wife was killed.

‘BAFFLED’

The couple met at school, where Bourdon was a counselor and Clark taught math for many years, said Wayne Walbridge, superintendent of Malone Central School District.

He spoke of Bourdon as an amazing woman who inspired students and adults alike.

Walbridge and his wife, Michelle, are very close to the Bourdon-Clark family. Bourdon, he said, attended the baptism of his grandson on Sunday.

“I guess the thing that gets you through this,” he said from his office Monday, “is ... Karen would be saying to me, our administrative staff, our parents, don’t worry about me — take care of our students.”

Walbridge’s wife, Michelle, had been baby-sitter for Dilan and his sister when they were younger.

“He’s a good kid,” Walbridge said of Dilan. “I’m baffled.”

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