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(Posted 7 p.m., April 22)
18-year-old son in custody after Avalon woman found with her throat slashed

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A member of the Ottawa Police Service walks outside the residence on St. Bruno Street in Avalon where a 49-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her 18-year-old son. Fred Sherwin/Photo

An 18-year-old male is in custody after a 49-year-old woman, known to be his mother, was found with her throat slashed in the family's St. Bruno Street home in Avalon on Tuesday.

Emergency responders were called to the scene a little after 1 p.m. after the victim's husband discovered her body covered in blood and with no vital signs.

Jacques Gobin frantically tried to perform CPR on his wife while he waited for paramedics to arrive, but it was to no avail.

The couple's 18-year-old son, identified by neighbours as Christopher Gobin, was arrested near the scene about two hours later after being spotted running through the back yard of a nearby house.

The victim has been identified as Luce Lavertu, a 49-year-old stay-at-home mom who was a talented crafter and had recently started a home-based card-making and scrapbooking business.

She lived in the two-storey, detached home with her husband, their 18-year-old son and a daughter. According to at least one neighbour, the son had been dealing with mental health issues, the exact nature of which are not known at this time.

Another neighbour who moved on the street the same year as the Gobins in 2002, described the victim as "very, very friendly" and "a great neighbour."

"Her family was her life. She definitely, definitely really cared about her family," said Lee Gilhooly, who described Gobin as a stay-at-home mom who always put her family first. "It's a loss. It's something that you don't think is going to happen to your neighbour, or the family, so it's a real tragedy."

Police arrest 18-year-old Christopher Gobin, shortly after his mother was found dead in her St. Bruno Street home in Avalon on Tuesday afternoon. CJOH Photo

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