- A horrific murder-suicide in Montreal has resulted in the death of two children, aged 7 and 5 years old.
- Their mother returned home last night to find the bodies of the children along with the body of their 40-year-old father.
- Montreal police continue to investigate.
Tragedy struck in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve last night, when a mother returned home to find the bodies of her husband and two children with apparent "signs of violence," in what is now being deemed a murder-suicide by Montreal police.
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The SPVM received a 911 call from the mother, who indicated that she had found the bodies and believed them to be dead.
When police arrived on the scene, they found a 40-year-old man, along with a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, who were all announced dead on the scene.
While the circumstances of the tragic scene are still under investigation, by midnight last night the SPVM was willing to hypothesize that the incident had been a murder-suicide.
Speaking with SPVM officer, Manuel Couture, we can confirm that investigators remain on the scene this morning, as they await autopsy results of the deceased, for what is likely one of the most difficult cases to happen in Montreal in recent memory.
The tragedy took place at the family home on rue Curatteau in the borough of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, in the area of Bellerive, seen on the map below.
Autopsy and further investigation are still required in order to understand the specific circumstances of the children's deaths as well as the suicide of their father.
According to CTV News, a source was able to confirm that the mother and now-deceased father were, in fact, in the process of separating, which could explain the motive behind such a violent crime.
The SPVM hopes their investigation will eventually shed some light on what went down inside the house before the mother arrived home. Officer Couture explained they are in the process of speaking with family, neighbours, and other individuals who know the family and the children well.
While the SPVM continues to investigate and await the results of the autopsies, there are few other details to share about the horrific crime.
My heart goes out to the mother who lost her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter last night, as well as the officers and other first responders, for which last night was surely one of the most difficult crime scenes to enter.
We will, of course, update this space with any and all new information as it arises.