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Edson triple murder suspect described as 'such a good kid'

An Edson woman who has known Mickell Bailey his whole life said Wednesday there's never been any indication he was violent.

Mickell Clayton Bailey faces 3 murder charges

Police investigate the murders of Jazmine Miller, Roxanne Berube and Daniel Miller east of Edson Monday. (Andrea Huncar/CBC)

An Edson woman who has known Mickell Bailey his whole life said Wednesday there's never been any indication he was violent.

"This is completely out of character for him," said Linda Osipow. "I don't know what would lead police to believe he would do this. I can't wrap my head around it."

Mickell Clayton Bailey, 19, of Edson, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Roxanne Ruth Berube and her 16-year-old daughter Jazmine, and second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Miller, Berube's common-law husband.

He was having cookies at my house, everything seemed normal- Linda Osipow

RCMP said the bodies were discovered Sunday inside Miller and Berube's rural home near the hamlet of Peers, just northeast of Edson.

Bailey, who went by the first name Michael or Mikey, was a nephew by marriage to Berube.

Police say they tracked Bailey to "a rural location" on Tuesday, which CBC has been told was a home where Bailey's grandfather lived.

An RCMP Emergency Response Team "had the residence contained," police said in statement, "when the man exited the home carrying a firearm."

Bailey was shot by police. He remains in hospital in "very serious condition."

Osipow said she last saw Bailey Nov. 27 when he came to her home with his grandfather to pick up some grain.

"He was having cookies at my house, everything seemed normal," she said.

'Situation is beyond me'

Osipow said she is friends with both families involved, and knows Berube and her family well.

"The whole situation is beyond me," she said.

Bailey had written a post on Facebook Nov. 18 describing a "very serious dilemma" and saying he wanted to talk.

Osipow responded on Facebook, but said she never heard from Bailey and had no idea what his dilemma might be about.

Osipow described Bailey as "such a good kid" who helped his 84-year-old grandfather, and worked for her last summer doing physical work she can't do herself.

"He set up tables for me at the Niton public market and took them down. He did all the heavy lifting," she said.

Edson mayor Greg Pasychny said the murders are hard on the town as everybody knows someone connected to the victims.

"Even though they didn't live in Edson they worked in Edson, they were a part of our community," he said.

He is surprised that a 19-year-old has been charged with murder.

"The full details haven't been released and there's a lot of speculation," he said.

"If the speculation is correct, you just think this is something that would be completely preventable and make it even more tragic the fact that these people didn't need to lose their lives."
 

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