CASCO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Family members of the victims in last weekend's shootings in Casco and Naples spoke out Tuesday.
Norman Strobel was shot and killed by police after shooting two men, killing one and injuring the other.
Family members said these were innocent victims, and that one of these shootings was a domestic violence crime.
Police said Richard Diekema drove his roommate, Norman Strobel, to the home of his first victim Saturday night in Casco.
In a message, Diekema's brother said, "If Richard did drive the guy to the first shooting scene, he was forced or conned into it, not knowing what was about to happen. Richard was a big-hearted person and would do anything to help anyone out."
Diekema was an employee at Reynold Motorsports in Buxton for 30 years. He has children and grandchildren in Maine.
Police said Strobel later shot and killed Richard.
The night before, Strobel went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Sandra Goulet, in Casco. She wasn't home, but her daughter, Alyssa, and boyfriend, Jason Almeida, were there. Strobel aimed a gun at Alyssa through the kitchen window but hit Almeida.
Alyssa calls Almeida a hero, and shared this note that Jason wrote from his hospital bed: "not hero, protecting the love of my life."
Alyssa Goulet said Strobel had been targeting her mother for a long time, and that she had several protection orders against him.
Sandra Goulet wrote to a judge that Strobel threw a chair at her, pulled her hair, choked her and had a drinking problem.
In one letter, she said "he has made threats, and says, 'OH NO, THEY ARE PROMISES!' I can no longer live in this type of situation. I will either have some medical event or he will carry out his 'promises.'"
Strobel had only been out of jail for a week.
Alyssa said her boyfriend is optimistic about making a full recovery and is holding out hope he can snowboard this winter. He had a second surgery Tuesday at CMMC.
They have set up a GoFundMe page to help with Jason’s hospital expenses.
Alyssa said that she hopes their situation draws more attention to the reality of domestic violence crimes.
Family Crisis Services Executive Director Rebecca Hobbs spoke to NEWS CENTER not about this specific case but about domestic violence in general.
"It's an example of a very determined perpetrator," Hobbs said, "who took advantage of every way he could, seemingly, to harm the person that he had victimized, including other members of the community.”