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(Posted 12:30 a.m., April 23)
Victim's son was reportedly dealing with mental depression

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

An 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 several sources.

Christopher 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 But he was also dealing with an escalating depression that caused him to be withdrawn especially over the past several months.

A student at St, Peter who knew Gobin, told the Ottawa Sun that the Grade 12 student had become increasingly withdrawn during the past year and had stopped interacting with many of his old friends.

A 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.

Shortly 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.

Gobin's 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.

The 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.

Luce 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 Chris, on the other hand, was quiet and withdrawn.

From 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 Light Infantry.

Besides 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 makes you!"

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