Husband charged in Gatineau triple deaths
Danielle Bell, QMI Agency
Friday, May 25, 2012 5:49:50 EDT PM
OTTAWA – The devoted young mother stabbed to death alongside her family at their Gatineau, Que., home Thursday had nearly finished writing her love story about her husband — the man accused of killing them all.
It began as a fairytale romance for Anne-Katherine Powers and Shakti Ramsurrun. The 21-year-old woman met her 28-year-old partner on a cruise ship where he was working as a server in 2009.
It marked the beginning of countless obstacles they would overcome to be together.
After the trip, they kept in touch by phone and email.
About a year later, both families took a Bahamas cruise together – the young couple so in love they broke the rules to share a room onboard.
Powers soon moved to the Mauritius home of Ramsurrun, a small island off the east coast of Africa.
Her stepfather, Claude Levesque, 58, and mother Louise Leboeuf, 63 — whose bodies were found alongside Powers — embraced the couple, even travelling to exotic Mauritius.
Together, they helped his family, who did not have much, rebuild their hurricane-ravaged home.
It was in Mauritius the couple married last summer and their son, Aryan, now 15 months old, was born.
Powers returned to Aylmer, a section of Gatineau, ahead of her husband and after countless immigration delays, the young couple were finally reunited in December, setting in for a life together.
But the fairytale ended in tragedy.
Gatineau cops have charged Ramsurrun with three counts of first-degree murder, police said Friday afternoon.
The three were found dead in their home at 64 Felix Leclerc St., after a 911 call to cops at about 1 p.m.
Ramsurrun was an employee at nearby Rivermead Golf Club, where he was arrested by Gatineau police without incident shortly after the slayings. The child, who is safe and in custody of child protective services, was with him in a maroon minivan when he was arrested, police said.
Neighbours and friends said they never could have imagined the violence that stunned the otherwise quiet neighbourhood.
“This isn’t a holiday movie, when you meet somebody on a ship. They had difficulty all along the way,” said a close family friend on Friday. “I don’t think it was anything calculated on his part. The events just built up.”
Looking back, close friends of Levesque and Leboeuf, remembered as compassionate and loving people, thought something was amiss as the couple became more withdrawn in recent weeks.
They didn’t invite people over to the house as often. But the elderly married couple weren’t the ones experiencing trouble.
Friends started to think something might be wrong but had no idea it would end so horrifically.
Ramsurrun had trouble adapting and was sometimes aggressive, according to Powers’ best friend Virginie Lamaute, 20.
About six weeks ago, Powers decided she no longer wanted to be with Ramsurran, after finding out in emails he had cheated with a woman in Mauritius. She even changed her Facebook status to “single.”
“In her mind, it was finished. My understanding is, she still loved him but didn’t want to live with him anymore,” said a family friend of Powers. “That was the crux of the whole matter in the end.”
Even though the short-lived marriage was ending, Powers’ parents allowed Ramsurrun to continue living there. They wanted the man, whom they had embraced as a son, to be able to save money at the golf club –a job his father-in-law had helped him land. He was set to move out in August.
“They would go out of their way to help anybody. They were very, very accepting,” said a friend. “No parents could have been more supportive.”
While he looked for a place to live, Ramsurrun slept in the basement. He planned on going to school in the fall and dreamed of managing his own restaurant.
What exactly transpired in the Felix-Lerclerc home on Thursday might never be fully understood but friends believe rage may have boiled over. Friendly and polite Ramsurrun might have been overwhelmed with culture shock, friends say, and struggling with depression.
Now a community can only mourn Levesque, an engineer recently hired by the city of Gatineau, Que., to work on the Robert Guertin Centre and Leboeuf, who ran her home as a bed-and-breakfast.
Powers, the youngest of three sisters, is remembered as a determined young woman who looked forward to completing her first novel based on her experiences from the time she met Ramsurran.
She studied fashion design before embarking on a writing career.
She was a quiet woman who was a devoted mother. Her biological father lives in the U.S. and Powers always considered Levesque to be her father.
“These people, in a way, were killed by their own kindness,” said another close friend. “He obviously lost it.”
– With files from Mike Aubry
This image from Facebook shows Shakti Ramsurrun and murder victim Anne-Catherine Powers in happier times. Ramsurrun is being held by cops after Powers and her parents were found stabbed to death in an Aylmer home Thursday, May 24, 2012.
Aylmer triple stabbing leads to first-degree murder charges
Shakti Ramsurrun, 28, found with his 15-month-old child; young mother and 2 others found dead
Posted: May 25, 2012 7:43 AM ET
Last Updated: May 25, 2012 3:30 PM ET
The estranged partner of a young mother who was stabbed to death along with her parents at their home in Aylmer, Que., has been charged with first-degree murder Friday, Gatineau police say.
Shakti Ramsurrun, 28, was formally charged at a Gatineau courthouse Friday with first-degree murder in the deaths of Anne-Katherine Powers 21, her mother Louise LeBoeuf, 63, and LeBoeuf’s partner Claude Lévesque, 58.
All three were stabbed to death Thursday, according to police.
Police and neighbours said the accused, the three victims and a young child lived in a suburban home at 64 Félix-Leclerc Street, where the bodies were found.
Neighbours said the older couple operated a bed and breakfast at the home.
The victim’s friend, Virginia Lamaute, said Powers and Ramsurrun met on a Caribbean cruise just over two years ago.
Lamaute said the couple married and had a baby together in Mauritius, a small island off the east coast of Africa where the husband is from. She had moved back to Aylmer before him and he had followed by moving to Canada six months ago.
Relationship was ending, friend says
The relationship had recently turned sour and Powers wanted to separate, added Lamaute, but the couple still lived together in the home.
Police spokesman Const. Pierre Lanthier said Ramsurrun became a permanent resident of Canada in 2011. Lanthier referred to Ramsurrun as an ex-boyfriend, not a husband.
He said Ramsurrun was not known to police and that police had never been called to the home for any prior incident.
Ramsurrun was found soon after police arrived at the scene. He was arrested while holding his 15-month-old child at the nearby Rivermead Golf Club where he worked.
Police say he did not resist arrest and was questioned Friday. The child is now in the custody of children’s protection services and was not harmed.
Home, golf course searched
On Thursday, Gatineau police were called to the scene at 1:15 p.m. ET, a home near the golf club, after receiving a 911 call. Police would not say who the call came from.
Police appeared to remove a body from the home before cordoning off the area. Police also cordoned off a second area at an abandoned van at the Rivermead Golf Club course parking lot, less than a kilometre from the home. The van was packed in the back with multiple items, including children’s toys.
Police were also searching in bushes behind the home and in neighbours’ yards for evidence.
An autopsy on the three bodies is also scheduled for this morning and police remain at the crime scene.
Ramsurrun was remanded into custody. Court officials will meet May 31 to determine his next court date.