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Another Quebec Woman Has Been Killed, Marking The Province's 10th Femicide Of 2021

One community organization says it's "speechless."
Another Quebec Woman Has Been Killed, Marking The Province's 10th Femicide Of 2021

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has confirmed the death of a Quebec woman as the 10th femicide in the province since the start of 2021, CTV News reports.

Police said 50-year-old Dyann Serafica-Donaire was killed by her husband, 38-year-old Richard West, before he took his own life in Mercier, Montérégie, on April 16.

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The SQ reportedly said the scene looked like a "marital drama" after responding to a 911 call around noon on Friday.

Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale released a statement saying its members are "speechless," and noting that the total number of Quebec femicides in the first four months of 2021 has surpassed all of 2020.

"We are often asked how to put an end to femicides, and the answer is two-fold: We need to act [...] both with emergency measures and with a change of mentalities," said Chantal Arseneault, president of the organization.

The 10 women who have died due to femicide in Quebec in 2021 are:

  • February 5: Elisapee Angma (44 years old), Kuujjuaq, Quebec 

  • February 21: Marly Édouard (32 years old), Laval, Quebec

  • February 23: Nancy Roy (44 years old), Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec

  • March 1: Myriam Dallaire (28 years old) and Sylvie Bisson (60 years old), Sainte-Sophie, Quebec

  • March 18: Carolyne Labonté (40 years old), Notre-Dame-des-Monts, Quebec

  • March 19: Nadège Jolicoeur (40 years old), Saint-Leonard, Montreal, Quebec 

  • March 23: Rebekah Harry (29 years old), LaSalle, Quebec

  • March 25: Kataluk Paningayak-Naluiyuk (43 years old), Ivujivik, Quebec

  • April 16: Dyann Serafica-Donaire (50 years old), Mercier, Quebec 

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