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Posted: Jul 17, 2016 9:12 AM PTLast Updated: Jul 17, 2016 9:57 PM PT
‘She was so sweet, so sweet’ said friend of 22-year-old young woman found dead
An apparent murder-suicide in Coquitlam B.C. has left neighbours and family of a mother and daughter stricken.
Friends told CBC the mother struggled with depression.
“I ask all the moms if you are sick or depressed you know you talk [to somebody]! It’s so sad,” said a neighbour who told CBC her name was Elda.
“I want to respect her as my friend. She’s a good woman in a bit of a bad situation,” said a sobbing neighbour who only used her first name, Yvette.
A 22-year-old was found dead in the Coquitlam B.C. home with injuries “consistent with foul play” the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said.
Investigators then identified an older female suspect and tracked her vehicle to the Buntzen Lake area where a body was found and recovered around 6 a.m. PT July 16.
Evidence suggests the deaths were a murder-suicide, said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
The younger woman was preparing to attended Douglas College in September, and had an interest in makeup artistry.
“She was so sweet, so sweet. My boys adored her,” said friend Yvette.
“There remains much work to be done,” said Pound in a release.
Police were first called to the 1100-block of Eagleridge Drive just before 5 p.m. PT Friday, for reports of a woman in medical distress. IHIT then tracked the suspect’s vehicle early Saturday morning.
The agency worked with Coquitlam RCMP, Air1 and Coquitlam Search and Rescue to locate the older suspect’s vehicle at Buntzen Lake.
“The family is cooperating and are attempting to process this traumatic loss as best as they can,” said an earlier police release.
Names of the deceased have not been released, however neighbours and friends who came to the crime scene on Saturday to reflect on the tragedy and place flowers on the property said the two women were a mother and her daughter.
“I’m in shock because I talk to her everyday,” said Elda. “All my neighbours are in shock, not just me.”
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Mother, daughter dead after ‘tragic’ murder-suicide — (CTV News)
A Coquitlam family shaken by a young woman’s death will have to deal with another loss in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Tearful neighbours placed flowers at the home of Lisa Wei and her 22-year-old daughter Ivy – both found dead in the space of 12 hours, leaving behind a grieving husband and a six-year-old son, neighbours said.
“She was a beautiful girl, and she loved the lord too. I know she is in heaven,” said one neighbor, who gave her name as Elda.
Emergency crews responded to a 911 call of a woman in distress to the Coquitlam townhouse on Eagleridge Drive. They arrived to find Wei’s husband pacing outside the home, witnesses said.
Paramedics found the 22-year-old dead inside the home, and police suspected foul play.
Officers identified a female suspect who was known to the victim but had fled before they got there. She was missing for about 12 hours before police found her car in Buntzen Lake Saturday morning at about 6 a.m., and recovered her body from the water.
“While evidence gathered suggests this to be a tragic case of murder-suicide, there remains much work to be done,” said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
The six-year-old was left with neighbours, who described Wei as a “fantastic mother and friend.”
“Clearly something went wrong. Lisa is a good mother and a wonderful person,” said one neighbor, who gave her name as Yvette. As for Ivy, Yvette said, “She was so sweet. My boys adored her. They said she made the best smoothies.”
She said the six-year-old stayed with her briefly before going back to his dad.
Everyone in the family is a devout Christian, who shared time at Bible study and church with other members of the tight-knit complex. Ivy was a makeup artist who was exploring courses at Douglas College.
Wei told one neighbour, Elda, she was seeing a psychologist for stress. “She was sick. There is no excuse. She is sick. She didn’t have the help in time,” Elda said.
The whole incident is a tragic shock to the community.
“They seemed like a normal, happy family,” said one neighbor, Angela Dumont.
An investigation is ongoing