Murder-suicide in Mercier will be investigated by Quebec coroner

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a dozen homicides in Quebec have been linked to domestic violence.


A couple was found dead in a residence on Beauchemin St. in Mercier Friday.

The Sûreté du Québec says the deaths of Dyann Serafica-Donaire, 50, and Richard West, 38, are liked to domestic violence. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a dozen homicides in Quebec have been linked to domestic violence.

Autopsies will be completed in Montreal this week and the coroner will take over the investigation, the SQ said.

The legal aid clinic Juripop is providing a phone line for victims of domestic violence to get free legal advice. Victims of violence can speak with a lawyer specializing in family law. The phone number is 1-844-312-9009, and lawyers will be answering calls Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and weekends from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This service, funded by Quebec’s Justice Ministry, is in place until May 1.

  1. Roanna Kitchen cowers during a 2015 performance marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Belleville, Ont. In Quebec, the first few months of 2021 have seen seven women die by violent means.

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  2. This illustration photograph taken on September 2, 2019, shows a woman hiding her face in front of a man's fist in Nantes, replicating a supposed scene of domestic violence. - On September 1, 2019, activists gathered on Trocadero Square in front of Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower some carrying placards with numbers ending at 100, to mark the country's 100th femicide of 2019. A total of 121 women were killed by their partner or former partner in France in 2018, equating to one death every three days, government figures showed in July 2019.

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