A west Quebec man is facing two first-degree murder charges after the bodies of his 15-year-old daughter and the girl's mother were found inside a home in Notre-Dame-du-Laus overnight.
According to Sûreté du Québec, David Lepage, 60, walked into a police station in Gatineau around 2:40 a.m. Monday and confessed to killing two people, leading police to find two bodies inside a home on Val-Ombreuse Road, about 100 kilometres north of Ottawa.
Sources identified the victims as Priscilla Lee Bond, 33, and their daughter, 15-year-old Gabrielle Lepage. Lepage and Bond had been in a long-term relationship.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Marc Tessier said Lepage came to the station alone and is co-operating with officers.
'She loved her family'
Shawn Bond, who lives in Ottawa, said the news of his younger cousin's death is shocking.
"Just lost, Couldn't believe it. Shocked," he told CBC.
Bond said Priscilla was a very family oriented person.
"She loved her family. She was one person that, no matter what you needed, she'd have been there for you," he said.
During a period when he was having some personal problems, Bond said his cousin was there to help see him through it.
"She was a fun loving person. Enjoyed life. Enjoyed having time with her family and was taken away from us all too soon," he said.
Bond said Priscilla was very close to her daughter Gabrielle.
Her friend Amy Nugent agrees.
"They did everything together," she said.
"They went...to see movies all the time. They were always together."
Stéphane Roy, mayor of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, said the incident has affected the small community of about 1,600 people.
"It's big news for me and for all the community in Notre-Dame-du-Laus," said Roy, who's been mayor since 2012.
Roy says Bond and her family arrived in Notre-Dame-du-Laus about 20 years ago and settled about eight kilometres from the village's downtown.
"Everybody knows this family so it's a hard time for us."
The municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Laus is about 100 kilometres north of downtown Ottawa.