12:30 a.m., April 23)
son was reportedly dealing with mental depression
By Fred Sherwin
A member of the Ottawa Police Service walks
outside the residence on St. Bruno Street
in Avalon where 49-year-old Luce Lavertu was
allegedly killed by her 18-year-old son Christopher
Gobin on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
18-year-old young man who is accused of killing his mother
in their St. Bruno Street home on Tuesday, was reportedly
struggling with an escalating depression, according to
Gobin was described by friends at St. Peter High School
as a nice, quiet kid, who was into computers and enjoyed
playing video games. But he was also dealing with an escalating
depression that caused him to be withdrawn especially
over the past several months.
student at St, Peter who knew Gobin, told the Ottawa
Sun that the Grade 12 student had become increasingly
withdrawn during the past year and had stopped interacting
with many of his old friends.
friend and fellow crafter, told the Ottawa Sun
that Lavertu had recently scaled back on her participation
in a weekly card craft group to focus her attention on
her son. She often drove him to school and went attended
therapy sessions with him.
after Lavertu's body was discovered by her husband Jacques
Gobin, police officers descended on St.Peter High School,
which was immediately placed on lockdown, to ascertain
whether or not he was in the building. When it was clear
he was not, the lockdown was lifted.
younger sister, who is also a student at the school, was
pulled out of her class and reunited with her father,
who is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
school administration issued a statement Tuesday night
offering their prayers to the Gobin family. An Ottawa
Catholic School Board Crisis Support Team will be present
at the school on Wednesday to support students and staff
affected by the tragedy.
Lavertu grew up in Quebec City and was the only child
of Roger Lavertu. The Gobins spent Easter weekend with
Mr. Lavertu, who described his daughter as her normal
happy self during their visit. Chris, on the other hand,
was quiet and withdrawn.
all indications, Lavertu and Gobin were an ideal couple.
They recently attended the Army Ball together at the Casino
Lac Leamy and had their picture taken in front of a display
commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Princess Patricia's
being an avid crafter, Lavertu was a huge fan of the show
Downton Abbey. In a recent Facebook posting she wrote
the following... "Your success or status in life
isn't what makes you. Your kindness and character is what
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