RCMP has launched a homicide investigation after four people were found dead Tuesday night at a home in Prince Rupert, BC.
Police say the find was made in a suburb of the city 100 block Silverside Drive — a newer area on the east side of the city on the north coast, home to about 12,000 people — around 9 p.m. PT on June 13.
Const. Brody Hemrich says many personnel are still on the scene, but investigators do not believe there are any suspects left or that there are any risks to the public.
When Breaking: visited the property Wednesday afternoon, the yard and residence were behind police tape, as were two vehicles parked in the driveway and one on the street.
The house is less than a kilometer away from a primary and secondary school.
The names of the victims are not being released.
‘A horrific tragedy for our entire community’
Prince Rupert councilor and acting mayor Nick Adey read a statement to Breaking: expressing condolences on behalf of the mayor and council to friends and family of the victims.
“This is a terrible tragedy for our entire community,” he said.
Adey directed anyone needing support to the RCMP’s Victim Support Department at 250-627-7779.
He said the incident was particularly hard to come to terms with so soon after a murder-suicide in November 2022 that took place at a local shopping mall.
“It hits really hard… you realize you’re part of that world where things like this can happen. It’s really, really tragic.”
MLA Jennifer Rice released a statement saying she “breaks heart” for the people affected by “this terrible tragedy”.
“We’ve faced tragedy before and it’s important to remember how capable and resilient we were in holding each other up through those difficult times. We can and must do it again now.”
Hemrich said he wants to assure the community that police are doing everything they can in their investigation.
“We are working hard to make sure this community is safe,” he said