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Harper says he hopes arrests in Rehtaeh Parsons case comfort her family

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The prime minister says he hopes arrests made in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons provide a measure of comfort to the teenage girl’s family.

Stephen Harper says he was pleased to hear that progress is being made in the case of the 17-year-old Halifax girl, who died this year following a suicide attempt in what her family says stemmed from cyberbullying after an alleged sexual assault.

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Speaking in Saint John where he was touring the Irving Oil refinery, Harper said Rehtaeh’s death was a terrible tragedy that touched people across Canada.

The RCMP and Halifax police arrested two males at their homes in Halifax at around 8 a.m. today and took them into custody where they are being questioned.

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READ MORE: Rehtaeh Parsons’ mom ‘hopeful’ after arrests

The Mounties did not release further information on the males arrested, including their ages and what they were arrested for.

Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons, says she is hopeful the arrests lead to charges.