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Families of B.C. murder suspects, victims ‘speechless’

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Shortly after Manitoba RCMP announced the discovery of two bodies believed to be a pair of Port Alberni, B.C. murder suspects, a notice was found posted on the front door of the home owned by Bryer Schmegelsky’s grandmother.

“To all media reporters and camera people: we request that you respect our privacy at this time, by keeping off our property and not ringing the door bell or banging on our door,” it reads.

“You have become a nuisance to us and our neighbours. We will not be making any statement.”

No other words have been heard from any other relatives of Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, the two men who were wanted across Canada in connection with three murders in northern B.C. nearly a month ago.

On Wednesday, RCMP said they were “confident” the remains found that morning in the Gillam area were those of the two young men. An autopsy will be performed Thursday to determine their identities and the cause of death.

Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged with second-degree murder for the death of 64-year-old Vancouver man Leonard Dyck.

The pair were also suspects in the shooting deaths of 23-year-old Sydney, Australia native Lucas Fowler and  24-year-old Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina.

News that Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in all three deaths thrust the small Vancouver Island city into the national spotlight.

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions said the community was “incredibly saddened” by the news that the young men may have been found dead.

 

“It’s not the outcome we hoped for,” she said. “There’s just been so much tragedy here.

“I think we all really hoped we would get answers, and the answers we’ll get will be much more limited now.”

Minions said she’s seen several local efforts to support the families of Schmegelsky and McLeod, but the city itself has been careful to respect their privacy.

“The people who live here are really proud to live here. We really love Port Alberni,” she said. “There’s a lot of good happening here, so it’s been challenging having this be what we’re being recognized for when we’re working so hard to progress our community and change the image of our community.”

The mayor said she planned to reach out to the families Wednesday to offer her condolences and support.

Minions also shared a written statement pointing residents to local mental health resources.

B.C. RCMP said they will continue to provide support to the families of Schmegelsky and McLeod, as well as those of Fowler, Deese and Dyck.

Reactions from victims’ families

The families of Schmegelsky and McLeod’s alleged victims have been similarly tight-lipped on the news from Manitoba.

When asked for a reaction to the discovery of the bodies, Chynna Deese’s mother Sheila offered only one word: “Speechless.”

Deese’s sister Kennedy also posted a reaction to the news, sharing a graphic that starts with “Dear Jesus,” followed by a pile of letters before finishing with “Amen.”

Global News has reached out to relatives of Lucas Fowler, but have yet to hear a response.

Leonard Dyck’s sister Doris Fleck shared a picture of the pair, along with a brief statement that said she was “sobbing” when she heard the news of the bodies in Manitoba.

“It is a relief, and at the same time, it has been such a needless loss of life” she wrote. “We cannot change what happened but we can remember Len for his dry sense of humor, his generosity and love.”

A photo of Leonard Dyck and his sister Doris Fleck, shared by Fleck on her Facebook page shortly after RCMP announced the discovery of two bodies believed to be the suspects of Dyck’s murder.

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Liberals block ethics commissioner from testifying about SNC-Lavalin report

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The Liberal majority on the House ethics committee voted down an opposition motion to have Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion testify about his report which found that Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act over the SNC-Lavalin affair. Vassy Kapelos gets reaction from MPs on the committee. Plus, the Power Panel breaks down the Ford government’s changes to Ontario’s sex-education curriculum.

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Joshua Boyle worried about what his wife might tell police

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After calling 911 to report that his wife was missing and suicidal, Joshua Boyle told an Ottawa police sergeant that he was also worried what she might tell authorities when she was found.

“He told me he was concerned, as any husband would be, with what Caitlan (Coleman) would say to us when we found her,” Sgt. Shane Henderson told court Tuesday.

Henderson was one of the first officers to respond to Boyle’s 911 emergency call late on the night of Dec. 30, 2017. A recording of that call was played in court Tuesday.

The 911 call was made at 11:47 p.m. from a Centretown address.

Boyle told the dispatcher that his wife was threatening to kill herself. He said she was alone in her room then ran outside, and was “screaming at the top of her lungs that she was going to kill herself.”

He said she had borderline personality disorder, PTSD, “extreme mental instability” and other issues.

“I am very worried for her right now,” he said in the telephone recording, played in court.

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Boyle told police his wife was wearing a hijab scarf on her head, but did not have a coat and may not have shoes.

Before she left the apartment, Boyle said they had an argument that “turned into rabid self-loathing, a panic attack, something, I’m not sure.”

“I had asked her to stay in her room,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be long,” the dispatcher told Boyle. “We’ll get some officers to see you there, OK?”

“OK,” Boyle replied. “Just try to be gentle with her: She is really going through a rough time.”

Sgt. Henderson was the first officer on scene, and went to Boyle’s apartment at 12:05 a.m.

Boyle repeated what he had told the dispatcher, and said his wife had initially raced up the stairs towards another apartment in the three-storey apartment block. Henderson testified: “He told me that he did not want to drag Caitlan back into the apartment or did not want to hit her.”

Henderson and another officer went to the second apartment and interviewed the young man who lived there. The tenant said he had heard someone banging on his back door 20 minutes earlier, but did not answer it.

Court heard that the officers searched the back staircase and yard but could not locate Coleman so they returned to Boyle’s apartment for more information.

According to Henderson, Boyle said Coleman was particularly stressed because her mother was in town, and she was worried about the state of their apartment. They had also argued, Boyle told Henderson, about drawing on walls and “Caitlan, as a wife, not performing her roles and responsibilities as a mother.”

Boyle told Henderson that he wanted Coleman to stay in her room and calm down. “He told me he kept the door open and at no time prevented her from leaving,” Henderson testified.

“He said he offered to have sex with Caitlan if she wanted to.”

When Henderson asked if Coleman had a cellphone, Boyle reached on top of the fridge and retrieved a flip phone.

Henderson asked what it was doing there. “Boyle said he took the phone away to make sure she did not break the phone as she had broken phones in the past,” Henderson testified.

Boyle is on trial on 19 charges, including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

His wife Caitlan Coleman, with whom he was held hostage in Afghanistan, is the principal complainant in the case. She’s expected to testify Wednesday.

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Tanker crash kills one, injures nine near Cereal Alberta

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“One of the semi trucks was hauling fuel and that fuel ignited,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott. “So, that caused other vehicles in the collision to catch fire. A second semi was hauling butane and that’s caused a concern.”

A release from RCMP also confirmed the collision area is “consumed with flames.”

As a result of the second truck hauling butane, a preliminary evacuation order had been issued for the hamlet of Chinook.

By 9:00 pm, Alberta Emergency Alert officially rescinded the evacuation order for the community.

STARS Air Ambulance has flown one person to hospital in Calgary in serious, potentially life-threatening condition while HALO transported another individual in serious condition.

Brideaux also confirmed to Global News that six people have been treated at the scene and are likely to be released.

RCMP are also reaching out to anyone who was a part of or was witness to the domino crash, asking them to meet with officers in nearby Oyen.

“We’re asking those people to attend the Legion in Oyen,” said Scott. “Right now the Legion has been opened, food is available at the Legion, our Victims Services Unit members are at the Legion, and we have an RCMP member or members at the Legion. So, anybody who was a part of this collision, witness or needing some assistance in relation to the collision, is asked to go to the Legion.”

There is no word yet on the original cause of the fatal crash, as Scott added it will be several hours before a collision analyst is able to attend the scene.

“We will have a collision analyst attending,” she said. “But, I can tell you that collision analyst is not able and has not been able to look at the scene to do any examination or investigation.”

Traffic has since been rerouted from Highway 9 to Highway 884 eastbound and Highway 41 westbound.

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