An aspiring rap artist from South Portland was arrested Monday night after allegedly murdering two Westbrook residents in front of their 7-year-old and 11-year-old children.
Marcel Lagrange, Jr., 24, has been charged with two counts of murder and is currently being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.
Just five days ago, LeGrange was releasing music he produced on YouTube.
The music was produced as part of the Maine Inside Out project, a Lewiston-based nonprofit that enriches the lives of incarcerated youth through theater and the arts.
In 2021, LaGrange was on an Maine Inside Out livestream in which he talked openly about his previous brushes with the law.
“I’ve done a lot of stuff, I’ve made a lot of bad choices and mistakes,” LaGrange said.
“I’m just trying to better myself. I’m trying to be more humble. I’ve always been humble,” he said.
He also said in the video that he had a pending arson charge, a charge he described as unfair, which was complicating his search for housing.
“I’m just trying to be me and contribute to society,” he said.
The Maine State Police identified the deceased murder victims as 37-year-old Brittany Cockrell and 41-year-old Michael Hayter, both of Westbrook.
While the children witnessed their parents’ murder, they were not physically harmed.
On Monday, June 19th, 2023, at approximately 8:28 pm, the Westbrook Police Department responded to a shooting complaint near the intersection of Main Street and Bridge Street in Westbrook. Officers arrived and observed a male suspect shooting a female near a vehicle in the parking lot off of Bridge Street. A foot pursuit of the suspect began back down Main Street in the direction of Armory Apartments. The armed gunman physically assaulted a bystander during his pursuit but was then tackled and disarmed by several other bystanders. Responders discovered two deceased individuals, a female near the vehicle and a man inside the vehicle in the parking lot off of Bridge Street. Also discovered inside the vehicle were the victim’s two children, an 11-year old boy and a 7-year-old girl who both witnessed the shooting. The children were not injured. The injured bystander hurt during the suspect’s pursuit has been identified as 75-year-old Fred Roukey of Westbrook. He was transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries.
According to state criminal records, LaGrange was no stranger to the law.
In June of 2018, he was charged as an adult in Cumberland County with giving false information to a law enforcement officer. In October of that year, he was charged with misdemeanor terrorizing. He pled guilty to those charges and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
A few days later, he was charged with felony assault on an officer, assault, and criminal mischief.
In September of 2020, the South Portland police charged LaGrange with domestic violence, and those charges were later dismissed. In December of that year, he was charged with arson, criminal threatening, and assault, though the arson charge was later dismissed. He was sentenced to six months incarceration.
In June of 2021, Portland police charged LaGrange with assault, resisting arrest, and violating the terms of his release. He was incarcerated for another four months.
Social media accounts that appear to belong to LaGrange show him smoking marijuana and posing with a handgun.
The Maine State Police have not released any information about how he was able to obtain the fire arm.