A young suspect, 18-year-old Chris Gobin, accused of killing his mother, 49-year-old Luce Lavertu, appeared in court for a short while via a video link on Wednesday to face a charge of first-degree murder. At the time of his appearance, Gobin wore a large white tank top and surveyed the room where he was being held. Thereafter, he held his cuffed hands in front of him while the proceedings led to him being remanded into custody until April 30.
Gobin’s mother was found dead by his father inside the family’s Orleans home on St. Bruno Street on Tuesday afternoon. Several hours after the discovery of the dead body, police was able to locate and arrest Gobin from a neighbour’s lawn, summing up a short-lived manhunt. The body was discovered by Gobin’s father, Jacques Gobin, who tried to revive her before calling to seek help of emergency responders. However, Jacques was not in court to witness his son’s brief appearance on Wednesday morning.
The teenager is a student at St. Peter High School. In a statement issued by The Ottawa Catholic School Board, it announced to have sent their crisis response team to the school on Wednesday. The board added that its team will stay at the school to work with students and staff for as long as they are needed. It was mentioned that “the school community’s prayers are with the victim’s family, friends and the Avalon/Orléans area.”
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