Stepfather identifies boys found dead in home, says they were killed "by coward"

The Canadian Press
Published on December 20, 2016

Police investigate at a home where three people were found dead in Spruce Grove, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan

SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — Mounties are investigating the deaths of three people in a home in Spruce Grove, west of Edmonton.

Brent Stark tells CTV Edmonton that two of the victims were his stepsons, who he described as "beautiful young lives, snuffed out by a coward."

Stark says he and his wife, Tracy, the boys' mother, discovered the bodies in the home at 10 a.m. on Monday morning.

Stark says Ryder MacDougall, 11, and his brother, Radek, 13, were competitive hockey players in Spruce Grove.

Stark also says the body of the boys' father, Corry MacDougall, was found in the home.

RCMP aren't confirming any information yet but say no suspects are being sought in the deaths.

Stark says he and his wife are working with the RCMP and expects more information will be released Tuesday.

The Starks live in Whitecourt, Alta., but were in Spruce Grove on Monday.

Police officers could be seen removing guns from the home and one officer told CTV they were being taken in as evidence, but wouldn't confirm whether they had anything to do with the incident.

"At no time do we believe any of our neighbours or residents in the area were at risk at all," said Cpl. Kim Mueller. "We're not looking for anyone in relation to this incident at this time."

Autopsies on the deceased are scheduled to be done on Tuesday morning.

Neighbours told CTV the occupants of the home moved into the neighbourhood only a few months ago.

"Mostly I saw a couple of guys most of the time," said Greg Hurley. "I never saw any women around there."

"They had a boy, and they had a dog," said Melanie Balfour, who had met one of the occupants of the home, a man in his 30s. "He was super friendly when they first moved in."

Corry MacDougall's Facebook page indicated he had moved to Spruce Grove on Oct. 9, and the only other entry since then was a picture of the Edmonton Oilers' logo.

However, by Monday night, several angry and profane comments had been posted to the page, including a couple from people saying they hoped he would "burn in hell."

(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)


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