Jacques Gobin is still grieving after finding his wife with her throat slashed in their Orleans home in April.

But the father of two promised Wednesday to support his teenage son, who is accused of first-degree murder in her death.

Gobin spoke publicly for the first time since the killing following his son's brief court appearance. He confirmed that his son "had been struggling" but refused to comment further on his mental health, saying it would come out in the judicial process.

"​I'm very much still grieving," he said outside the courthouse. "I am still his father. I will act in the father capacity even though I am also the spouse of the victim."


Gobin was accompanied by a family friend and his mother. His daughter was not present.

He discovered the body of his wife, 49-year-old Luce Lavertu, on April 22.

Christopher Gobin, 18, was charged with first-degree murder. Before his arrest, Gobin was a student at St. Peter High School.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 14.

'I will tell him I love him'

Jacques Gobin said the brief video appearance was the first time he has seen his son since before the killing.

"It is very hard, though, of course, to see him this way," he said.

chris gobin first-degree murder luce lavertu

Chris Gobin, 18, is accused of first-degree murder. (Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

Gobin said he was taken away from his home after calling 911.

"Christopher, I did not see him in the house. I was taken away from the scene. We did not know where he was," he recalled.

Gobin said he plans to meet his son at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Friday.

"I will tell him I love him," he said. 

He also spoke on behalf of his wife.

"My wife, his mother, did love him very much," he said.

'We were a strong couple'

Gobin, who is in the military, said he met his wife at CFB Valcartier during his first posting.

"She was always an artist. I'm an engineer by training and by experience. We complemented each other very well. Her on the creative side and I on the analytical side. I thought we were a strong couple. A really good match," he said.

Gobin said he is grateful for support from the Canadian Armed Forces. He also thanked his daughter's school.

"I'm very grateful for the community response, and support and prayers and thoughts, and the like, from family, friends and the community."

Lavertu ran My Vintage Cat Studio, a scrapbooking business. She previously worked as an administrative assistant at the Military Family Resource Centre.

Her friends previously told CBC that Lavertu was a generous "mother bear," who would do anything to support her son as he struggled through a difficult time.