Man charged with murder for Hanna deaths

A 24-year-old man is now charged with murder in the deaths of two people in Hanna, Alta.

A 24-year-old man is now charged with murder in the deaths of his father and a woman in Hanna, Alta.

Curtis Rideout has been charged with two counts of murder for two deaths in Hanna, Alta. (Facebook)

The bodies of the man and woman were found in their home early Thursday morning.

Police went to the residence after getting a call from a man who said he had just killed two people.

The victims were identified Friday as Bruce Wade Rideout, 47, and Lenette Tammy Euteneier, 39.

Curtis Everett Rideout is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. He is expected to appear in a Drumheller court next Friday.

Accused a ‘great guy’

Friends like Anne Marlowe say the news of his arrest hasn't sunk in yet.

Anne Marlowe said she can't believe Curtis Rideout was arrested. (CBC)

"He's a great guy, my kids loved him," she said. "He was great with them. He's just a super guy all around."

Marlowe says the whole situation is hard to believe.

"Sometimes we meet people in life, even our parents, they can press our buttons and make us go off the deep end," she said.

Postings on Rideout's Facebook page, which was recently taken down, show the accused was going through tough times and having trouble sleeping.

"Shot gun in the mouth sound delicious" and "If I was gone who would miss me? I goin downhill" were some of the postings.

Another said, "Jesus don't want me. I'm serious I will be gone soon see u all in hell. Not my mommy tho. Xoxoxoxo to my mom."

But Marlowe said Rideout was just a 24-year-old guy with a big heart.

"He's just like a teddy bear and that teddy bear broke," she said.

Town in disbelief

The mayor of Hanna says the town is in disbelief over the death of two residents.

Two people were found dead in this house in Hanna, Alta. (CBC)

Mark Nikota says he's lived in the town for 15 years.

"This is about the biggest thing on a negative side that Hanna's had since I've been here for sure, that I can remember," he said.

"We're pretty safe small community. We have the utmost faith and confidence in the RCMP. They do a great job."

Hanna, which has a population of roughly 3,000, is 200 kilometres northeast of Calgary.