The triple homicide in Montreal’s Rosemont neighborhood shook the neighborhood. Moved and saddened, a family neighbor confided in our journalist this terrible tragedy.
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Dismay lingers in the neighborhood where the murders of Mylène Gingras, Francine Gingras-Boucher and Richard Galarneau took place.
Filomena lives in the back of the family semi-detached house. She spoke regularly to Arthur Galarneau’s mother and grandmother, who were accused of three second-degree murders.
In the early afternoon, the shaken citizen came to meditate in front of the scene of the slaughter.
In her testimony, Filomena claims that Arthur Galarneau was a relatively discreet young adult. He often stayed alone in the basement of the building.
“I never thought something like this could happen. In the summer we always chat afterwards. She [la mère] told me about his family. [Arthur] I didn’t see him very often,” she says.
“I saw him in front of a cup with his friends, they were eating and drinking.”
When asked about Arthur’s mental health issues, Filomena claims he “had issues, but no more than that.”
“He took medication, I was never told he was violent […] He didn’t go out all the time […] he hasn’t spoken to me,” while mentioning that they occasionally greeted each other, that’s all.
A decimated family
How could Arthur Galarneau shoot members of his family overnight? Horrified, Filomena asks the question.
“What happened yesterday morning? I don’t know, yesterday I had such a headache thinking about what happened, it doesn’t make any sense,” she recalls.
Powerless in the face of the horror of the tragedy, the Montreal native left a wreath of flowers in front of the duplex.