For the second time since he was elected mayor of Edson, Greg Pasychny is dealing with the homicide of a teenaged girl in his town.

"When something like that happens to a 14-year-old in the community, it hits the community pretty hard," said Pasychny. 

"From the town of Edson, the size we are, just about everyone in the school's going to know of her. It's going to hit the schools, hit the community. It's not good for a town this size. 

"It rattles our students, it rattles our adults, it rattles the whole community."

Greg Pasychny

This is the second time since Greg Pasychny became Edson's Mayor that he has had to deal with the death of a young girl in his community. (CBC)

Edson RCMP have charged a 21-year-old man with first-degree murder after the body of a female teenager was found in an apartment building on Friday.

Police were called to an apartment building at 10:20 a.m. on Friday. When they arrived, they found the teenaged girl's body inside. Police have determined the death is a homicide, and an autopsy has been scheduled for this week. 

On social media, friends identified the dead girl as Desiere Maye Herbert Johnston.

Tyrell James Perron has been charged with first-degree murder, causing an indignity to human remains and possession of a prohibited firearm.

He is scheduled to appear in Edson provincial court March 15.


The front door of the building where Johnston was killed. (CBC)

Glen Clark lives with his family in an apartment one floor below where Johnston was killed. Clark said the death leaves him and his family frightened. 

"It's a little scarier, knowing that somebody got murdered in this building," Clark said. "It's locked, but it's a little nerve-racking."  

The Edmonton major crimes unit has been called to assist in the investigation.

Sgt. Jack Poitras said the small town two hours west of Edmonton is still coming to terms with the news. 

"It's not easy for the family here; it's a tight-knit community," Poitras said. "So there is a lot of support for the victim, and the people in the youth community.

"It's a sad day for everyone here. I'm sure people will be trying to understand why something like this has happened. So, hopefully that comes out down the road as that unfolds in the court system."