Portland homicide victim's life celebrated in Scarborough

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SCARBOROUGH — Speaking Monday to a crowd of more than 300 mourners, Micaela LeBeau summed up her feelings about Treyjon Arsenault.

“The world lost a loving, goofy person,” LeBeau said of Arsenault, 19, who died May 26 after he was shot in a Portland recording studio.

Arsenault was remembered in a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church. Monsignor Michael Henchal led the service.

Portland police are still investigating the shootings at Da Block Studios on Market Street in the city’s Old Port, which occurred close to midnight on Memorial Day. Mark Belserene, administrator at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta, Monday said Arsenault’s death is considered a homicide.

A second victim was injured in the shootings. Police haven’t identified him, but acting Portland Police Chief Vern Malloch has said he is a 20-year-old Portland man who is expected to recover from his injuries.

Arsenault was remembered by friends as an avid and emotional sports and music enthusiast, who laughed easily and was always encouraging friends to do better.

Henchal said there are no easy or rational explanations for Arsenault’s death, and called on mourners to take comfort in the love they have shared remembering him, and the faith that will lead them to see him again some day.

Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Arsenault was a graduate of Westbrook High School, where he played baseball, hockey and football. Six of his former teammates wore their football jerseys at the service, while other friends recalled him playing floor hockey in his basement and wiffle ball.

Friends Emily Mullen and Andrew St. Clair recalled him for off-field activities, including his love of music.

Mullen said she used to love walking to a Westbrook convenience store when they were younger, “arguing about what we would get on the way and enjoying it on the way back.”

Malloch has said between seven and 11 people were in the studio at the time of the shootings.

“We believe the parties involved are known to one another,” he said. “We believe there is probably more than one suspect.”

On May 27, Da Block owner Ron Hargrove said he believed Arsenault was a bystander, although Hargrove was not at Da Block when the shootings occurred.

“It was random. If it wasn’t random, I would have heard about more incidents,” he said.

Hargrove said Arsenault was not working toward a music career, but had friends who were and liked to come to the studio with them.

“He was a good kid and didn’t deserve this,” Hargrove said, adding he used to tease Arsenault about playing football for Westbrook, because Hargrove’s son played for Portland at the same time.

Hargrove opened Da Block in 2007, and then closed it briefly to move to Atlanta. He returned to Portland and reopened the business in 2009. He said he was welcoming, especially to youth, but demanding in his standards.

“Anyone who knows me knows I am a zero-tolerance type of dude,” he said, adding he insisted people at the studio introduce themselves so no one felt like a stranger.

Hargrove also insisted people’s thoughts should remain on Arsenault.

“I want to stay balanced and make people focus on the fact a young man was killed for no reason,” he said.

Arsenault is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Donald Laxson; his father, Turhan Walker; his brother, Ashtin Laxson; grandparents Flo and Lee Hutchins, and Debbi and John Arsenault; uncles Steve Arsenault and John Arsenault; and several other uncles, aunts, cousins.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Treyjon Arsenault, 19, of Scarborough, was killed in a Portland shooting May 26. His life was celebrated on Monday as friends and family recalled his warmth, and love of athletics, music and his family.

Ron Hargrove, owner of Da Block Studios at 26 Market St., Portland, where Trey Arsenault was shot and killed May 26. “He was a good kid and he didn’t deserve this,” Hargrove said.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.