Ashton Desormeaux: Arm wrestler, 17, kills both parents before shooting himself dead
'No evidence that the youth had been diagnosed with or was being treated for a mental health-related illness,' said authorities
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ONTARIO, CANADA: Ashton Desormeaux, a teen from Ontario killed both his parents before shooting himself. As per Greater Sudbury Police Service, they were called around 6.20 pm on October 30, to a home in Coniston, Ontario, and found three dead bodies upon arrival. The bodies were identified to be of 46-year-old Brian Desormeaux, 43-year-old Janet Desormeaux, and their 17-year-old son Ashton Desormeaux. The cause of their deaths were confirmed to be gunshot wounds.
Greater Sudbury Police Service deemed it a murder-suicide, and said in a press release, "Through the investigation and working in collaboration with the Coroner's Office, it has been determined that the youth took the lives of his parents and then took his own life.” The authorities informed, "No evidence that the youth had been diagnosed with or was being treated for a mental health-related illness."
Ashton studied at St Charles Colledge in Sudbury, reported CBC News. He was an active member of a local arm-wrestling club in Sudbury along with his father, and the duo even participated in the Sudbury Arm Wrestling championship on October 22, according to Timmins Today.
On the deaths, the Rock City Reapers arm wrestling club posted on Facebook, "Brian was not only an arm wrestler, but a friend, role model, teacher, promoter and like a dad to many of the younger pullers." It further read, "He had a tough looking exterior but was a truly nice guy underneath. He cared about his family and the sport of arm wrestling…He was a good community member who helped out anyone who needed it."
The club also talked about the mother Janet and referred to her as a doting wife, whose "overwhelming love" for her children was "hard to deny." The post said, "You gave your family all of you…something you couldn't ask for more in a mom and wife," as per People.
On Ashton, the club said, "Ashton, you were the next generation of arm-wrestling greats." "Your passion as a child and youth for the sport is what we all want from our younger pullers. You were fierce and fiery on the table and proved that you could back up your words," it continued.
A GoFundMe has been created to help Brian and Janet's surviving daughter with funeral costs. "Their daughter Lee Ann, a young student at Laurentian University, will now face the daunting task of making funeral arrangements for those she held most dear," read the GoFundMe description section. "As we deal with this incredible loss, she is now facing a future without her family and biggest cheerleaders," it further read.