Condolences are pouring in after a 41-year-old mother from Saint-Eustache, Que., was found dead at a home on Antoine-Seguin Boulevard on Thursday.
Her six-year-old son, Louka Fredette, was missing at the time.
Quebec provincial police said they have reason to believe that Véronique Barbe’s death and her son’s disappearance are related — and that the boy’s father, Ugo Fredette, took him.
The boy was found the next day in Ontario after a manhunt that spanned two provinces. His father was arrested at the scene.
Daniel Barbe, Veronique’s brother, told Global News her doctor had advised her four months earlier that she should separate from Fredette.
He said Fredette had been showing “violence tendencies and acting increasingly bizarre.”
In interviews with Global News, the woman’s neighbours recounted often seeing the couple fighting and said they noticed things getting worse in recent weeks.
He added that Fredette often came to help around the house and see his son.
Marceau explained Barbe lived in the home with her previous partner.
After they separated, she bought the home and Fredette moved in six or seven years ago.
“I don’t know why this thing happened. This neighbourhood is so quiet.”
They added that Barbe had three other children from a previous relationship.
She also ran a daycare out of her home, which was closed after an alleged incident involving police.
It had recently reopened.
Police would not say where the other three children were at the time of the homicide.
Facebook friends of Barbe posted on her profile Friday, as news of her death spread.
“Rest in peace, Véronique,” one user named Jeff Grégoire wrote. “I am without words… a tragedy….”
“I want your son to be safe and sound. That he can find his brothers and sisters,” another user named Viviane Beland wrote.
— With previous Global News files.