Calgary police at the townhouse in the 1500 block of Varsity Dr. N.W. where investigators say six-year-old Kevin Liu, was killed by his mother Yu Mei Lai.
Photograph by: Stuart Gradon , Calgary Herald
Police are calling the deaths of a mother and her young son in Varsity a murder-suicide.
The woman’s husband discovered the bodies of his son, 6, and wife, 39, shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday in his carbon-monoxide filled townhome in the 3500 block of Varsity Drive N.W.
The homicide unit is investigating and believe the boy, Kevin Liu, was killed in the home by his mother, Yu Mei Lai.
A suicide note was discovered in the residence.
Their deaths have been attributed to carbon-monoxide poisoning, but police are not revealing the source of the poisonous gas.
When first responders arrived, they suspected high carbon-monoxide levels in the home and called in the fire department. Firefighters smashed out the home’s windows to clear the air and checked the air quality of other homes in the building.
Neighbours say the quiet family seemed friendly, but kept to themselves.
The family had no previous history with police, and investigators are looking into whether the mother was grappling with mental illness.
“None that we’re aware of,” said duty inspector Paul Stacey. “They hadn’t been on our radar.”
Police taped off the entrance to some units in the 1600 block of the development known as McLaurin Village.
“The father is very distraught,” said Stacey, adding that victims services will be in contact with him.
The Calgary Board of Education has brought in professionals to help the boy’s Grade 2 schoolmates at Captain John Palliser School.
“As a school community who celebrates together, learns together and supports one another, we will meet with all students in their classrooms on Monday morning to allow students to express their feelings and concerns as well as ask questions,” principal Sherri Raymond wrote to parents.
“Whenever we have any kind of crisis or a tragedy, we do have a crisis team that we employ,” said CBE spokeswoman Cathy Ward.
An autopsy was scheduled for Friday in Calgary to determine the cause of death.
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