Quebec teens' triple killing part of larger mass murder plot, Crown alleges
First posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 09:22 AM EST | Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:34 PM EST
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — Two teen boys accused of murdering two sisters and one of the girl’s boyfriends had planned even more murders, the Crown said Wednesday.
The 17-year-old boys were each arraigned Wednesday on three counts of first-degree murder as well as conspiracy charges. The pair is also charged with plotting to kill the girls’ mother as well as police officers.
They face life sentences with no parole possibility for 10 years if convicted as minors.
The Crown demanded the teens be charged as adults, which would disqualify them from parole for 25 years if convicted.
A girl and her boyfriend, both 17, and the girl’s sister, 22, were shot and killed Tuesday morning in the sisters’ family home in this city about 90 minutes northeast of Montreal. The trio cannot be legally named.
A source told QMI Agency the older sister called 911 from inside the home to report gunshots. She was gunned down minutes later.
A source told QMIthe sound of gunshots can be heard during the 911 call, which is considered a key piece of evidence.
Some friends said one of the defendants had a crush on the younger sister and was angry at her boyfriend.
One of the defendants’ Facebook pages is peppered with gory and violent images.
There’s a crime-scene photo showing a disemboweled body, and a cartoon series depicting a man who plunges an ax into his own head. Another cartoon shows a boy stabbed in his sleep, while yet another drawing depicts a gruesome rendering of the Last Supper with disciples and ghoulish creatures eating a man who looks like Jesus Christ.
There are also several quotes about death on the defendant’s page. A Jan. 12 post read: “I’ll kill you before me,” and named his alleged co-defendant.
Another posting read: “Give me your hand and I’ll take you into the world of the dead.”
Some of the Facebook photos showed him hunting with an adult. Posters to both defendants’ pages have deluged the teens with hateful comments since Tuesday.
Sources also revealed details about the minutes that led up to the murders.
The shooters arrived by bus from a neighborhood across town with hunting weapons in their bags.
The bus let them off a few minutes’ walk from the victims’ west-end home. The gunmen entered the home and shot and killed the three young victims around 8 a.m.
When the killers realized police were on their way, they broke an upper window and lay in wait, planning to shoot and kill the officers, the source said.
But instead they decided to stash their weapons and try to escape. Police then arrived and arrested two suspects without incident.
“She had just bought her prom dress,” said a friend of the younger sister. “She didn't want to show it to us to keep us surprised. Now we know that it will never happen.”
- With files from Brian Daly
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