Police arrested a 35-year-old man after the bodies of two girls and their grandmother were found in a Quebec home, local media reported Saturday.
The bodies of Juliette Fillion, 8, and her sister, Laurence, 11, were found alongside their 70-year-old grandmother Friday evening in a home in the small town of Saint-Romain, about 142 miles east of Montreal in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
Canadian Press reported the victims were shot, but police would not confirm this.
Residents of the town of 600 said the girls were the daughters of the town’s mayor, Jean-Luc Fillion, according to a QMI Agency report in the Toronto Sun. The report said the grandmother was a widowed, retired teacher living with her son.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man at the home. He could face first-degree murder charges, said Sgt. Louis-Phillipe Ruel from Surete du Quebec, the provincial police force, the Montreal Gazette reported. Police would not describe the connection the suspect and the victims. The children’s parents were not home at the time of the slayings.
"Saint-Romain is a pretty small community, so everybody's pretty upset about what happened, and everybody's just making sure that the family's got everything that they need,” Ruel said, according to CBC News. “They are all there to support them."
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