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Kirkland Lake police board asks for patience, understanding after recent murders

There have been five homicides in the community since June

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. — The Kirkland Lake Police Services Board has issued a statement regarding the recent homicides in the community.

Since June, there have been five murders in the community of about 7,000 people. That total includes two double homicides.

In a Sept. 15 news release, the Police Board said it's “deeply saddened by the tragic incidences that have occurred” in the town throughout this year.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the individuals affected by these devastating tragedies,” it said.

“While everyone awaits the outcome of the investigations, we are dedicated to maintaining the trust and confidence of the community we serve; Kirkland Lake continues to remain a safe place to live. We kindly request the community's patience and understanding during this challenging time.”

All of the victims are from Kirkland Lake.

On June 8, 47-year-old Ernest Renaud was shot and killed. In that investigation, 21-year-old Matthew Leiva-Pineda of Barrie was charged with first-degree murder. Jeffrey Rodrigue, 30, of Dobie was charged with accessory after the fact (murder).

On July 30, 37-year-old Amanda Lachapelle and 49-year-old Gabriel Marecki were killed in the first of two double homicides.

See related: Kirkland Lake deaths deemed a double homicide

While doing a well-being check at a residence on Aug. 8, Kirkland Lake OPP found the bodies of 33-year-old Lea Thompson and 37-year-old Kyle Robertson.

See also: Double murder victims man and woman from Kirkland Lake: OPP

And:  Mother of Kirkland Lake murder victim seeking justice

Police have not released details on the cause of death in the double murder investigations or if the cases are linked.

The board says the detachment will make updates as the investigation continues.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Kirkland Lake Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About the Author: Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Marissa Lentz covers civic issues along the Highway 11 corridor under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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