Police say 23-year-old Longueuil murder victim may have been chosen “at random”

LONGUEUIL – Three days have passed, but residents of a Longueuil neighbourhood are still having a difficult time dealing.

Friday, friends and family of 23-year-old Jenique Dalcourt gathered at the scene of the young woman’s murder –  a section of a bike path in the Old Longueuil district.

They placed flowers, photos, and cards in memory of the murder victim.

It’s believed Dalcourt may have been at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Police say the young woman was walking home from work alone Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

She was attacked by one or more suspects – repeatedly struck in the head area.

Dalcourt died in hospital.

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“We now confirm a blunt object was used against the victim,” says Constable Tommy Lacroix from the Longueuil Police Deptartment.

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“The motive behind the attack remains unclear.”

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Police add Dalcourt may have been selected “at random” by her assailant(s).

An arrest has not been made in the case.

It’s Longueuil’s the first murder of the year.

WATCH: Raw video: Woman dies in Longueuil bike path attack

Officers returned to the crime scene Friday afternoon to look for additional clues in the case.

A portion of the nearby St-Antoine Cemetery was also closed off and searched after recent reports of vandalism in the cemetery.

“We hope they put their hands on the killers fast,” said Marthe Savoie, who lives in the area.

“It could happen to anybody, this is why we’re so much concerned.”

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In order to help calm some nerves, security is being improved along the bike path between chemin Chambly and Normandie street.

WATCH: Longueuil bike path attack

Branches of trees were cut Friday morning in order to improve the lighting at night.

Higher intensity light bulbs were also installed.

“It’s a much needed change. We feel safer,” says Melissa Langis, a nurse at a nearby long-term care facility.

Two vigils are being planned for Jenique Dalcourt: Friday night at 6:30pm, and another next Tuesday evening.

Both ceremonies are taking place near the spot where Dalcourt was attacked.

Longueuil Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact their tip hotline: 450-463-7211.


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