Quebec reports the 12th case of femicide, but this time, it is an exceptional case involving a respected woman in the Contrecoeur community, 60 kilometers northeast of Montreal.
Everyone is in shock including, Maud Allaire, the city’s mayor, who offer condolences to the family and community on Thursday. Quebec provincial police confirmed that the two bodies found dead were murder-suicide. They were identified as Lisette Corbeil, 56 and David Joly, 49.
An investigation is ongoing in the small community of about 6000 people to determine why Corbeil was murdered and why Joly took his own life. Allaire referred Corbeil as a determined, intelligent, and efficient woman determined to achieve her goals.
Allaire acknowledged that family violence is rampant and concrete action needs to be taken. According to sources, Joly and Corbeil have been in a relationship for quite some time.
Corbeil was well known in her community and worked as a director of strategic projects for Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de la Rive-Sud. Their bodies were found in a single-family house on Marie-Victorin Street in Contrecoeur.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault offered his condolences on Thursday and requested the government to invest heavily in domestic violence programs. He urged society to fight against the vice and denounce it.