6:30 a.m., April 23)
Gobin charged with murder as more information learned
about suspect, family
By Fred Sherwin
Luce Lavertu and Jacques Gobin pictured at
the recent Army Ball on April 12. Postmedia
Christopher Gobin has been formally charged with first
degree murder as the community tries to come to grips
with the horrifying death of his mother.
appeared by in court via a video link on Wednesday. He
wore a large white tank top and had his hands cuffed in
front of him as he nervously glanced around the small
room he was standing in. The only words he spoke was his
name, which he offered in a voice that was barely audible.
was arrested on Tuesday afternoon while trying to elude
police hours after he had allegedly killed his mother
by slashing her throat in their St. Bruno Street home.
He was caught when a neighbour saw him running through
her backyard and frantically called 9-1-1.
little is known about the young man who was in his final
year at St. Peter Catholic High School. According to students
who knew him, he had grown increasingly detached from
his friends as far back as September.
been described as "a techie" and somewhat of
a computer "geek" who enjoyed playing video
Facebook page is very non-descript. His last post was
on Dec. 10, 2012. In an undated survey he wrote that he
hated having to go to school, hated waking up to attend
classes, disliked stuck-up girls, didnt like not
being able to leave class whenever he wanted and hated
every f---ing thing, all of which would indicate
an anti-social side to his personality.
father Jacques Gobin is a career military man and part-time
football official. According to his LinkedIn account,
he is currently serving as a Lieutenant-Colonel with J4
Operations and is the president of the Mess Committee
at the Army Officers Mess on Somerset Street. He's also
an avid runner having completed three marathons and four
Lavertu, 49, was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed crafting
and scrapbooking and loved animals. Her Facebook page
is filled with shared posts from the Ottawa and Valley
Lost Pet Network.
grew up in Quebec City and was the only child of Roger
Lavertu who was able to spend time with his daughter and
the rest of the family over this past Easter weekend.
He described Luce as her normal happy self during the
visit, but Chris was quiet and withdrawn.
appears that shortly after Gobin and Lavertu were married
they spent some time at CFB Rockcliffe where she worked
at the Military Family Resource Centre and the Teen Centre.
couple recently attended the Army Ball on April 12 at
the Casino de Lac Leamy, which they have done every year,
and had their picture taken together, she in a long black-and-white
gown and he in his dress uniform.
neighbours all describe the Gobins as a perfectly normal
family, or as normal as any other family in Orléans.
They moved on to St. Bruno Street in 2002 when Chris was
only six and his younger sister was three.
recent years, however, Lavertu confided in her friends
that Chris was having issues with depression and was seeing
a therapist. She often drove him to school, although according
to some reports he had missed several days in the last
month or so.
that knew him have been left reeling from the news. They
knew he had issues with depression and had become withdrawn,
but they never imagined he could be capable of the crime
he's being accused of. Some are upset with the media for
over-dramatizing the affair before waiting for the whole
story to come out in the trial, assuming the case ever
comes to trial.
is known is that a family has been left absolutely devastated.
A once quiet street in a quiet suburban neighbourhood
has been turned into a scene from a CSI episode. Friends
and neighbours have been left asking questions for which
there may be no answers. A husband has been left without
a wife, a daughter without a mother and both with the
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