SHARON - Police in Sharon are investigating an "apparent homicide" that happened on Deerfield Road Thursday. Brad Larson, 62, was identified as the victim, Sharon police and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
A relative found Larson in his home at 78 Deerfield Road with an "obvious injury" and called police. Larson was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators have searched the home for evidence, but authorities haven't said anything more about how Larson died. No arrests have been made.
Officers were in the area throughout the day. Detectives could be seen searching the backyard Friday morning with metal detectors. They went door-to-door, asking residents if they've seen anything suspicious.
"There will be obvious police activity in the area around that home through much of the day today," Sharon Police Chief Coffey said in a statement. "Neighbors should be assured that, given what we know at this time, there is no ongoing threat to the neighborhood or the town related to this incident."
Larson was the former president of the Sharon Historical Society. Neighbor Julia Faktorovich remembered him as friendly. "Very nice guy," she said. "He was very kind, he was always asking how we're doing."
Larson was often seen walking his dog Luna, who is now in the care of neighbor Valerie Vigoda. She says much like Luna, Larson was gentle and kind and led a weekly meditation class.
"Brad was known to put haikus out. Very positive about nature. I used to joke with him about whether he ever took his rose-colored glasses off because he was so positive about life," Vigoda said.
Like his neighbors, police are also trying to piece together what happen to Larson at this home and why. "To me, that would say that this is somehow targeted to Brad, whatever that means, and I can't imagine why that would be," Vigoda said.
Paul Orselli worked at museums with Larson, who was a much-loved and respected exhibit developer. "One word that keeps coming up is the word joyful," Orselli said.
Larson was a Technology Developer at Boston Children's Museum from 1988-1998. He most recently worked with the museum using his exhibit component called StoryKiosk.
"He was a kind and generous person who loved to connect with people through their unique stories and he focused on how stories could inspire empathy and understanding," the Boston Children's Museum said in a statement. "We are shocked to learn of this tragedy. Brad will be mourned by the entire Museum field. It is a tremendous loss."
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