School Apologizes for Including Students Charged With Murder in Yearbook

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Amherst, NH) - Flowers and a small memorial in front of this Mont Vernon home are the only reminder of the gruesome attack here that claimed the life of 42-year-old Kimberly Cates and seriously injured her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie.

But now, eight months later, the community is in shock, after the Souhegan High School yearbook came out including smirking photos of two of the young men accused in connection with the crime - William Marks and Quinn Glover.

Deidre O'Connor of Amherst, NH said, "I just think they didn't think and I think it was just tasteless for them to have included those boys in the yearbook."

Kimberly's widow, David Cates was so upset by the photos, he wrote a letter to school leaders saying, "Jaimie and our families will survive this 'slap in the face' but I think the bigger picture is the message you sent to students... by condoning the immortalization of these soulless young men that consciously, with intent, invaded our home and took my beautiful wife from Jaimie and me."

Wayne Johnson of Amherst, NH said, "The fact that they never consulted him on his feelings and thoughts... it's horrendous, it's horrendous."

The superintendent and principal would not go on camera in reaction to David Cates' letter to them about the yearbook photos but they did release a statement saying they were 'deeply sorry' for any 'additional heartache' the yearbook photos may have caused.

They went on to say, "We are extremely sorry that decisions made by our school have added to the pain and loss that Dave Cates and members of our community feel every day in relation to the death of Dave's wife and harm to his daughter."

William Marks is behind bars on charges of first degree murder.

His father James says he was just hoping for some normalcy to have his son in the yearbook, and he says it was the Dean of Students, Bob Thompson who encouraged it.

"I had heard that he was going to be left out and I took it a little to heart and I called him and he said no that's not the case we wanted a photo, but if they left him out I would have seen their point," said James Marks.

Marks says he wants to apologize for upsetting David Cates.

"I didn't have any idea that two pictures in the yearbook was going to cause such a problem and if I'm responsible for that in anyway, I'm very sorry for it, it's the last thing I want to do is cause any pain to the family," said the elder Marks.

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