Second woman dies following attack in Quebec's Laurentians, suspect in hospital

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SAINTE-SOPHIE, Que. — A second woman has died of her injuries following an assault Monday in a house in Quebec's Laurentians region.

Quebec provincial police confirmed Tuesday that a 28-year-old woman who was taken to hospital in critical condition has died.

A 60-year-old woman, who is a relative of the other victim, was previously declared dead.

Provincial police Sgt. Marie-Michelle Moore says the case is now considered a double homicide.

Police received a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. on Monday about an incident in Ste-Sophie, about 65 kilometres north of Montreal.

They say they believe the incident is connected to a car crash in nearby St-Jerome, Que., in which a driver hit another car around the same time police discovered the two victims at the Ste-Sophie home.

The 33-year-old driver, who is considered a suspect, was seriously injured and taken to hospital along with the other driver involved in the collision.

Police say the injuries of the two drivers are no longer considered life-threatening.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021.

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