British Columbia

'Sweet' 8-year-old boy killed in Coquitlam homicide

Eight-year-old Oscar Taitinger was found dead alongside his father, Mark Taitinger, on Monday afternoon.

Oscar Taitinger and his father were found dead Monday afternoon inside a home on Seaton Avenue

Oscar Taitinger was eight years old when he was killed. (Nicole Taitinger)

Eight-year-old Oscar Taitinger was the victim of a homicide inside a Coquitlam, B.C., home earlier this week, according to his family.

Oscar was found dead beside the body of his father, Mark Taitinger, on Monday afternoon.

The little boy's mother, Nicole Taitinger, told CBC that she broke up with Mark this summer after 25 years together.

Oscar was the youngest of three boys and loved playing video games, according to his mom. Fortnite was his favourite, and he liked to imitate the dances used by characters in the game.

"[He was] just so damn sweet. He loved to dance with me. I would turn on music and he would dance with me. And gave the best kisses. He was a beautiful boy," Taitinger wrote in a message to CBC.

"He was kind. He loved little kids and trying to be friendly. Kids picked on him, but he tried not to let it bother him. When bigger kids picked on his class crush … he defended her."

Oscar Taitinger's mother says he was a sweet and kind boy who loved video games. (Nicole Taitinger)

Oscar had two older brothers, and one of them was teaching him to ride a bike. 

Taitinger said she liked to take him driving into the mountains in a four-by-four truck.

"He would get so scared," she said.

Investigators haven't revealed many details about what happened to Oscar.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed the body of a 47-year-old man and an eight-year-old boy were found in a house on Seaton Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

On Friday, it confirmed they were father and son. 

IHIT has said that one of the two was the victim of a homicide. Autopsies have been completed, but investigators will not be commenting on the cause of death, Sgt. Frank Jang said in an email. 

Investigators are not looking for any suspects.

A man and child were found dead Monday inside a home on Seaton Avenue in Coquitlam. (G.P. Mendoza/CBC)


  • An earlier version of this story said Mark Taitinger was 40 years old. In fact, he was 47.
    Oct 25, 2019 10:17 PM PT

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