Neighbors remember Barton woman killed Friday

Neighbors remember Barton woman killed Friday

Vermont State Police say a 76-year-old Glover man shot and killed a Barton woman Friday.
 (Stephanie Dasaro)
(Stephanie Dasaro)
BARTON, Vt. - Vermont State Police say a 76-year-old Glover man shot and killed a Barton woman Friday and then turned himself in to the Lyndonville Police Department Friday afternoon.

Neighbors were shocked when they heard of 72-year-old Rachel Coburn's death.

One neighbor said her children looked up to her as a grandmother figure and were so close with Coburn, they even called her by her first name.

“She's honestly the nicest lady I’ve ever met in my lifetime,” said 15-year-old Caleb, who is keeping his last name anonymous.

Caleb says he looked up to Coburn.

“I looked at Rachel as kind of a grandmother,” said Caleb.

A kind of grandmother who was always there for Caleb and his brothers.

“When I’d get locked out of my house, she'd bring me in and give me cookies,” remembers Caleb.

But now her house sits empty after Carlton Bickford admitted to police that he shot and killed her on Friday.

“I was completely shocked, like, it's ridiculous,” said Caleb.

Neighbors say it was common to see Bickford stopping at Coburn's house; often bringing her a cup of coffee. So when he stopped by Friday morning neighbors say they didn't think anything was out of the ordinary.

Police say Friday afternoon Bickford went to the Lyndonville Police Department to turn himself in.

Bickford told police after he got into an argument with Coburn; he left her home to get a shot gun. He says after he returned to her house they continued arguing and Police say that’s when Bickford shot Coburn.

Police say Bickford then tried to take his own life, but only grazed his shoulder.

Coburn's neighbors want her to be remembered.

“Generous, just a very generous woman,” said Caleb. “I want people to remember her by the great contributor to the neighborhood that she was and all around good person."

Police arrested Bickford and charged him with first degree murder.

He’s scheduled to be arraigned in Orleans County Criminal Court on Monday.
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