New Brunswick

'She was so full of life': Family and friends mourn Moncton homicide victim

Naomi Bartlette, 33, a single mother of two in Moncton, had just gotten engaged and was planning to go back to school to become a paramedic.

Naomi Bartlette, 33, was killed on April 6 and her body was found on April 8, say RCMP

Naomi Bartlette, 33, a single mother of two in Moncton, had just gotten engaged and was planning to go back to school to become a paramedic.

A funeral service for 33-year-old Naomi Bartlette was held in Dieppe on Sunday. (Facebook)

"That was her dream … She wanted to help people," said Tina Perley, who helped raise Bartlette and treated her as her daughter for the past 20 years.

On April 8, Bartlette body's was discovered in a home on Fleet Street, and her fiancé is accused of killing her.

Rejean Gautreau, 38, of Moncton has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police believe Bartlette was killed on April 6 — two days before her body was found.

"She was so full of life. So, so full of life," Perley said on Monday, the day after family and friends gathered in Dieppe for Bartlette's funeral.

"She was the epitome of a red head — bright, feisty, full of fire, never backed down," she said.

"The last thing we ever thought is that someone would murder her."

Bartlette's name had been under a court-ordered publication ban that RCMP said was necessary to give them time to notify family members, who are scattered across the country.

The publication ban was lifted in Moncton court on Monday morning.

Rejean Gautreau and Naomi Bartlette had been in a relationship since last summer and recently became engaged, according to Tina Perley. (Facebook)

Court documents previously revealed that Bartlette and Gautreau were a couple and that the case has been labelled one of alleged domestic violence. 

Perley confirmed the pair had been in a relationship since last summer. They met at a local laundry and dry cleaning business, where they both worked, she said.

Bartlette moved into the Fleet Street residence with Gautreau before Christmas and had fallen out of touch with most of her family and friends by mid-February, according to Perley.

Tina Perley, left, said Bartlette was a 'beautiful girl' with a 'wild spirit,' who was protective of her family and loved to shop. (Submitted by Tina Perley)

"I got two messages on Facebook over the last two months from her just saying, 'Mom, I know it's rough, but I love you. I'll be in contact. Things will be OK.'

"Well, they're not OK," Perley said.

She and other family members are "still in shock" and "just kinda half-dying inside with her gone."

Bartlette "loved everybody" and was a giving person with a good heart.

Her cousin, Jimmy Kipp, said he hopes Bartlette knew how much he loved her.

Bartlette, who went to Moncton High School, wanted to complete her GED and become a paramedic to help people, said Perley. (Facebook )

"You always think there's more time, but then you realize how fast someone you love can be taken from you," he wrote on Facebook.

Bartlette's friend Sara Barker said she is "lost for words" and "feeling heartbroken."

"This world just lost a great person. … You will always be my sister and my best friend," wrote Barker, who posted Sarah McLachlan's songs Angel and I Will Remember You.

"I will miss you so much. I really can't believe [you're] gone."

Gautreau was arrested on April 8, the day Bartlette's body was discovered, and was charged the following day. He remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court April 23.

No details about how Bartlette died have been released.

The investigation by the RCMP major crime unit is continuing.

Bartlette is survived by her sons, William and Seth, her father Gordon Godin, stepbrother Michael Poirier and several extended family members.
Members of the RCMP major crime unit continue to investigate after Naomi Bartlette's body was discovered at a residence on Fleet Street on April 8. (Submitted/Wade Perry)