SQ investigating death of Laval woman who reported threats 48 hours before she was killed

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Police are investigating the death of 32-year-old Marly Edouard. The Laval resident's body was discovered outside her condo building on Sunday. (Radio-Canada - image credit)
Police are investigating the death of 32-year-old Marly Edouard. The Laval resident's body was discovered outside her condo building on Sunday. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

Marly Edouard called 911 on Friday afternoon to report a threat against her life. A little less than 48 hours later, she was found dead outside the Laval condo building where she lived.

The 32-year-old initially called police to report the threats at 12:40 p.m. on Friday.

According to the province's police watchdog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), Laval police officers met with Edouard on Friday, but then left.

On Sunday morning, Edouard was found dead in the parking lot of her building.

Police believe Edouard was the victim of a gunshot to the head. A handgun was found near her body.

The BEI has opened an investigation into the way the initial complaint about death threats was handled by Laval police.

The Sûreté du Québec is handling the investigation into Edouard's death (Laval police must recuse themselves because of the BEI's involvement).

She was someone with a great personality, she was really motivated and she had a clear vision of what she wanted to be in her life. - Carel Pedre, friend and former colleague

Edouard is listed as the CEO of Symbiose 509, an artist management agency that represents and books performers who are based in Haiti.

According to the news site Haiti Standard, she was a lawyer and onetime host on Radio Soleil, a Port-au-Prince station. She emigrated in 2016.

'She was fearless'

On Monday, Haitian radio host Carel Pedre told CBC that he was "completely shocked" to learn of Edouard's death.

Pedre had known and worked with Edouard in Haiti, and described her as one of the few women carving out a place for herself in the media business.

"In Haiti, what she did, you don't find a lot of women doing that because it's a male-dominated industry," he said. "When you have someone like Marly changing the game, clearing the path for other young girls, it's amazing."

Carel Pedre, a Haitian radio host and media personality, told CBC in an interview that Marly Edouard had carved out a place for herself in a male-dominated industry.
Carel Pedre, a Haitian radio host and media personality, told CBC in an interview that Marly Edouard had carved out a place for herself in a male-dominated industry.

Pedre said he remembers her as always smiling, always optimistic.

"She was someone with a great personality; she was really motivated and she had a clear vision of what she wanted to be in her life," said Pedre.

"She was like a very honest human being; she would tell you the truth. And she was fearless too, she knew what she wanted and she would work for it."

Another former collaborator, Montreal-based photographer Jumenès Coreus, told CBC he'd known Edouard since he moved from Haiti in 2016.

Coreus described her as "someone who loved life" and was passionate about music and travel.

He said the last time he saw Edouard in person was in the summer, when they got together for a photoshoot to "celebrate life" after she recovered from COVID-19.

Coreus said now, like many in Edouard's circle, he's waiting for answers about exactly what happened to her.