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Calgary man charged with 3 counts of second-degree murder for deaths of girlfriend, his mother and stepfather

WATCH: A Calgary man is charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with Tuesday's triple homicide. As Nancy Hixt reports, the man accused in the case is connected to all of the victims.

Three counts of second-degree murder have been laid against a Calgary man following the discovery of three bodies in two different neighbourhoods Tuesday.

READ MORE: 3 deaths at 2 Calgary homes being investigated as triple domestic homicide

Police confirmed Dustin Duthie, 25, is in custody and accused of killing his girlfriend, Taylor Toller. He’s also accused of killing his mother Shawn Boshuck and his stepfather Alan Pennylegion.

Taylor Toller
Taylor Toller Taylor Toller's family, Courtesy

Global News has learned Duthie has been taken to the Rockyview General Hospital and admitted under the mental health act. He was under watch by police as of Wednesday afternoon and will eventually be taken to the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre (SAFPC).

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Toller was found first, after officers were called to the 2000 block of Applevillage Court S.E. at approximately 11 a.m. July 31. Sources said it’s believed she may have been killed several days earlier.

Officers were then called to check a home in the 10100 block of Hidden Valley Drive N.W., where Boshuck and Pennylegion were found dead.

The medical examiner is seen at the scene where a person was found dead on Tuesday, July 31.
The medical examiner is seen at the scene where a person was found dead on Tuesday, July 31. Jerry Favero/Global News

Family and friends of the three victims were reeling from the news.

Toller’s family released a statement Thursday, saying they appreciate the expressions of love and support.

“Taylor was a kind and beautiful soul who touched many lives. She was admired and loved by her siblings, her parents, grandparents and extended family. She had a core group of very supportive friends with whom she was determined to make significant and positive contributions to her community,” the statement read. “Taylor will continue on in our memory and we will continue her efforts towards community building in her name.”

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The family also expressed their sympathies for the families of Boshuck and Pennylegion.

President of the Calgary Hilltoppers Football Association Pat Labrash said it’s hitting everyone hard.

“I’m still processing it,” Labrash told Global News Wednesday.

Alan Pennylegion
Alan Pennylegion Obtained by Global News

Labrash said Pennylegion coached as an offensive coordinator for the Hilltoppers for two seasons—2016 and 2017.

“He ate, drank, slept football.”

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“He was definitely a mentor,” Labrash added. “My football knowledge grew by 110 per cent by having him around.”

Labrash said Pennylegion dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to the team. He was recently offered a job as a receivers coach with the Calgary Colts Canadian Junior Football team.

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Autopsies are scheduled to take place Wednesday and Thursday.

Calgary police said they will not be officially confirming names of the victims until the autopsies are completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Duthie is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 8.

Police are asking anyone with information to please call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers online or 1-800-222-8477.