BANGOR - As members of a local university continue to mourn the loss of a fellow student, Police are releasing new details as a murder investigation continues in Bangor, and the suspect making his first court appearance Monday.
"The drug influence, the crime influence is there. It's apparent, you can see it," says one person who Lives on Essex street, where Bangor Police say the murder took place.
Neighbors saying the alleged murder of a young woman -- the latest, and most tragic occurrence in what they call a high crime area.
"As a result of the investigation, Zachary Mailloux has been arrested and charged with murder," says Lt. Timothy Reid of the Bangor Police Department.
It all happened Monday at around 2 p.m. at an Essex street apartment. 21-year-old Zachary Mailloux -- shackled as he faces a judge for the first time, Tuesday.
"[Mailloux] understands the nature of the charges and the legal position he's in," says Jeff Silverstein, Mailloux's attorney.
Mailloux's alleged victim, 21-year-old Brooke Locke, an occupational therapy student at Husson Unviersity.
New Police documents say an Autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office conclude Brooke Locke died by way of strangulation.
"To the best of our knowledge this is the first time anything like this has ever happened," says Eric Gordon of Husson University.
Mailloux also attended Husson, in its extended learning program. "He was really someone who was more involved on a part time basis," Gordon adds.
Justice William Anderson ordered Mailloux to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and be held without bail.
"[The Psychiatric Evaluation] It may have bearing on the case, but I don't know cause I don't know enough about the facts," says Silverstein. That's due to the fact the alleged events happened less than 24 hours from the Mailloux's first court appearance.
This case, potentially the second domestic violence homicide litigated in court this week alone.
"We also hear them late at night when most people would be sleeping or what not," says a neighbor.