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.
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