Residents of this small southeastern Alberta city are reeling from a triple slaying.
Police found the bodies of Raymond Leclaire, 60, his wife, Janet, 58, and their son Raymond Jr., 21, in their home on Friday. Another son, Chris Leclaire, 22, surrendered Saturday following a day-long standoff with police. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
It's the first murder in the city since 1997 and has left a lot of people in shock. Reverend Keith Nethery of All Saints Anglican Church says several members of his congregation knew the Leclaires, and many are asking how such a tragedy could happen.
"It scars your community, especially in a community where people are much closer and neighbours do know each other," he says. "That small-town, small-city feel makes it even harder to deal with."
City councillor Ken Sauer says many people knew Raymond Leclaire Sr. through his work as a cabinet maker.
"Many people had him work in their homes," says Sauer. "Many of the neighbours have indicated to me and others that they felt everything was going very well."
Medicine Hat police are continuing their investigation. Cst. Dellrae Sharpe says it will take days for the forensic team to figure out what exactly happened.
"The cause of death has not been determined yet," she says. "It's a very large crime scene and that's one of the things they'll be investigating."
Chris Leclaire has been remanded in custody and is to make his first appearance Tuesday.