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Staples Grad, Nationally Known Bridge Player, Murdered In Hartford

Victor King earned national renown as a bridge player. At Staples High School, the Class of 1973 graduate (and son of longtime physics teacher Dick King) was a member of the state and FCIAC champion soccer teams.

On Sunday, King was brutally murdered. Suspect Jerry David Thompson — now in custody — used a Samurai sword to cause “severe trauma” to King’s arms, chest, shoulder and neck. He had recent moved into a vacant room in King’s Asylum Avenue home.

Victor King (Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant, from Jim Banks)

The day before, King had called police after being threatened with the sword by Thompson over a rent dispute.

The next day, when friends could not contact King, they called police.

Thompson — who has previous convictions for assault and robbery — has refused to talk to his public defender. He claims he is a “sovereign citizen,” not subject to law.

King worked at Travelers Insurance for more than 20 years. He retired from his IT job in 2018. He was a Grant Life Master bridge player, with 15,298.55 master points, and won a national championship in 2016.

His cousin, Jim Banks, told the Hartford Courant: “He was one of the good guys. One that would never hurt a soul. One that would always reach out and help others. He was pleasant as can be. Always seemed to be happy. He was just a joy to be around.”