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Possible murder followed by suicide in Laval

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A vast security perimeter has been established and an imposing police deployment is still on site. (Archive photo)


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The bodies of two men, a father and his son, aged 67 and 43 respectively, were discovered in an apartment in the Laval-des-Rapides area on Wednesday morning. According to our information, the son, Richard Germain, would have killed his father before taking his own life.

According to our sources, the Police Department of the City of Laval was called to intervene by the Police Department of the City of Montreal for “containment”, that is to say an intervention with ;#x27;a man potentially barricaded inside the building.

Residents indicated that around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Laval police officers evacuated the eight-story building on Orly Street and deployed the tactical intervention team. This unit entered a third floor apartment, where the bodies were discovered.

The police gave the green light to residents so that they can return to their homes. The investigation into this case has been assigned to the Major Crimes Team.

Richard Germain had been on parole since 2022 after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of his ex-partner in 2000, according to our information.

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Chrystelle Lavigne-Gagnon, then aged 15, was stabbed in the street. She had received threats from Richard Germain in the previous weeks, which led her to file a complaint. Richard Germain had been accused, then released pending further proceedings at the time of committing the murder.

With information from Amélie Desmarais

If you or a loved one are in distress, here are the resources available:

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Call toll free 1 866 CALL [277-3553].

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

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Call or text 988: this helpline is open 7 days a week, day and night.< /p>

In Quebec and Canada, 1 888 LE DEUIL [533-3845] is a telephone crisis line for people having lost a loved one.

For people bereaved by suicide, the AQPS has created an online space for exchange and testimony accessible to mourningbysuicide.ca (New window).

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116