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Canada Father charged with 1st-degree murder in deaths of two boys

22:45  07 november  2019
22:45  07 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BRAMPTON, Ont. — Police say a 52-year-old Brampton, Ont., man has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his two sons.

Peel Regional Police Const. Heather Cannon says Edwin Bastidas is being held for a bail hearing and investigators are not seeking any other suspects.

Police said they were called to the home in Brampton, Ont., late on Wednesday.

The boys, aged nine and 12, were found dead when officers arrived on scene. While details are scarce, investigators have called the deaths an isolated incident and say there is no threat to the public.

The deaths occurred on an otherwise quiet suburban street.

Neighbours driving to work paused to peer at the crime scene taped off by police. Paul Rodrigues said one of his sons knew one of the boys and went to the same school.

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He also said his wife was good friends with the mother of the children and frequently went for coffee with her. "I'm just in shock," Rodrigues said on Thursday. He called the victims "regular boys" and said their names were Jonathan and Nicholas.

They walked their dog and played with his daughter in front of his house, Rodrigues said. An older sister lived in the basement, he said. Another area resident, Sam Mammen, said the neighbourhood has always been a safe place.

He said he didn't know the family but had seen the boys walking by.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called the situation "heart breaking." "If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable," Brown said on Twitter. "As a parent, I just can't comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving."

Police said the incident marked Peel Region's 24th and 25th homicides this year.

The double homicide appears unrelated to an Amber Alert issued by Toronto police around midnight for two teens. They were found safe and, police said, a suspect was in custody.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2019.

Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press

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