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Montreal woman dead in suspected femicide, partner at large

Last Updated Jul 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm EDT

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MONTREAL (CityNews) –  A 32-year-old woman is dead after another alleged femicide in Montreal. A man in his 30s is still at large.

Police say the victim and the suspect are spouses and there was a child on the scene who could be a possible witness.

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SPVM were called to an apartment on Birnam, near Saint-Roch, in Parc-Extension at 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

“She was unconscious and injured to the upper body by an unknown object so sadly her death was pronounced on the scene,” said Caroline Chèvrefils, Montreal police spokesperson.

This would be Quebec’s 14th femicide of the year and the 13th homicide in Montreal for 2021.

Police say they found the women’s children on scene, a boy around five or six-years-old and an eight-year-old girl who allegedly ran away from the apartment before being located at a later time. Both children were unharmed.

“We hear about it. In Quebec, Canada. But on my street, it’s close to home and it’s scary,” said Gina Di Fruscia, a neighbour of the victim. “The kids have no mother, have no father. They’re immigrants they haven’t been here for a long long time. So god knows what’s going to happen to those kids. I’m just thankful the kids are okay though.

“Everybody was looking around saying ‘what’s going [on?]’. Everybody thought on the streets that it was an argument and the cops were going in and separate and get the guy and put him in handcuffs. That was what was going on [in] the streets but, after 2-3-4 hours, we figured it was a murder,” added Di Fruscia.

“I was in shock and I believe it’s not fair what’s going on. Hearing this, it makes my heart melt. It’s dangerous, what kind of world we live in,” said neighbour Christopher Dimo.

“We don’t do enough. We have many ways to change things. The justice system has to be revised and corrected, and unfortunately women who are assassinated, it’s usually that their ex-spouse or spouse already had prior cases of violence. So we have to take this into account and we have to protect victims and their children,” explained Trottier.

Montreal police major crimes unit is investigating. An autopsy is going to be performed on the mother of two to better understand the circumstances of her death.

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-With files from Alyssia Rubertucci