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Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after woman fatally stabbed on Montreal's South Shore

The woman was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition where she later died of her injuries.  (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)
The woman was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition where she later died of her injuries. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A 53-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 51-year-old woman on Montreal's South Shore.

At around 11:35 p.m. Monday, police were called to a home on Ménard Street in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Que., about 30 kilometres east of downtown Montreal.

Police found the woman with serious injuries to her upper body and tried to resuscitate her. She was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition where she was declared dead.

Police arrested the accused at the scene. The two had been dating for some time and living together for a few months, according to Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay of the Régie intermunicipale de police Richelieu-Saint-Laurent.

The woman's two children — a teenager and a young adult — were in the residence at the time of the incident. They are both being questioned by investigators and have been offered psychosocial support.

The suspect appeared in a Longueuil courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

Léa Bolduc lives one street over from where the incident took place. She said the neighbourhood is a calm one. Residents are kind to each other and she never would have imagined something like this would happen, she said.

She said she is particularly concerned for the victim's children.

"I don't know what they heard, but it's so sad," she said.