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Mark Wahlberg’s Friend Killed By Cops After Allegedly Murdering His Mom

Wed, January 21, 2015 3:16pm EDT by Add first Comment
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What a tragic story. Mark’s childhood friend and frequent co-star Paul Campbell was shot and killed by police in the early morning hours of Jan. 19 after he allegedly stabbed his mother to death. Here’s what happened.

So shocking. Paul Campbell, 49, who starred alongside his longtime friend Mark Wahlberg in films like The Fighter and Ted, was killed at his home in Weymouth, Mass. after police found his 72-year-old mother, Patricia, stabbed to death on the front steps.

Mark Wahlberg’s Friend Killed By Cops After He Allegedly Stabbed His Mom To Death

Police said Paul seemed “agitated” when they arrived on the scene at around 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, the UK’s Daily Mail reports. They shot and killed Paul after he allegedly lunged at them with a knife.

Police and paramedics found Paul’s mother dead on the front steps of the home she lived in with her son. Paul, whom the Boston Globe described as a “onetime heroin addict with a long rap sheet,” was later pronounced dead at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The medical examiner’s office still has to perform an autopsy on Paul’s mother and an investigation is still underway.

Mark Wahlberg & Paul Campbell Were Childhood Friends

Mark, 43, and Paul were friends during the actor’s troubled younger years and were arrested together in 1990 outside the Wahlberg family’s home in Braintree, according to the Boston Globe.

Paul, who also had a small role in American Hustle, was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery of a police officer.

Paul’s and his mother’s shocking deaths are no doubt a huge blow to Mark, and our hearts go out to him, as well as the Campbell family, during this difficult time.

— Tierney McAfee