7 p.m., April 22)
son in custody after Avalon woman found with her throat
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
Gobin frantically tried to perform CPR on his wife while
he waited for paramedics to arrive, but it was to no avail.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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