Matt Mechtel Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

I just received word that Matt Mechtel, former Republican candidate for the House, has was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
He was apparently found at 11:00am this morning by his father.
What a sad, sad day. I met Matt a couple of times, and had the opportunity to interview him during his campaign. He was a nice man and would have made a great leader for this state.
Update: The Fargo Forum has the story now.
Also, I edited this post to reflect the fact that this may not have been a suicide. Could have been a firearm accident. It doesn’t do anyone any good to jump to conclusions.
I had heard that Matt had hit some rough spots in life after his campaign against Pomeroy. Let’s hope that suicide wasn’t what happened.

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