Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Leads to Murder in New Hampshire, Prosecutors Say

Monday , May 05, 2008




Witnesses say a Red Sox-Yankees argument in a bar led to taunting in the parking lot and then, according to prosecutors, to murder.

On Sunday, prosecutors charged Ivonne Hernandez of Nashua with reckless second-degree murder for allegedly running down two people with her car outside the bar early Friday. Hernandez was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday in Nashua District Court.

Whether she had a lawyer could not immediately be determined.

Matthew Beaudoin, 29, also of Nashua, suffered serious head and brain injuries and died later Friday.

An argument in Slade's Food & Spirits intensified early Friday when Hernandez, 43, announced she was a Yankees fan, said Tanya Moran, a bartender who was there. Moran said the argument spilled outside, and at least one person in a group that included Beaudoin began chanting "Yankees suck!" when they saw a Yankees sticker on Hernandez's car.

Hernandez allegedly gunned her car in the parking lot and struck Beaudoin and friend Maria Hughes, 21. Beaudoin's sister Faith Beaudoin said was Hughes had only minor injuries because Beaudoin shielded his friend.

Nashua, 45 miles northwest of Boston, is Boston Red Sox country.

Moran said Beaudoin came to the bar regularly to socialize, sing karaoke and have fun.

"He came to hang out. He didn't really drink much," she told The Telegraph of Nashua.

Beaudoin "kept to himself," Slade's disc jockey Chris Lovett told the New Hampshire Union Leader. "He wasn't an instigator."

Faith Beaudoin said her brother was a 1997 graduate of Nashua High School who worked dealing poker at Sharky's in Manchester and Nashua. She said organs including his heart, live and kidneys were donated to others.

"He was always helping people when he was alive, and he's still saving lives," she said, choking back tears during the weekend.