This is part of my ongoing series on Canadian Mass Murders.
[ Technically, not a mass murder, but I’m including it in this series because the killer’s attempt to kill his estranged wife failed and a firearm was used. ]
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Robert Charron walked into the Les Racines de vie Montessori day care in Gatineau, Quebec, executed a 38-year-old man in front of the children, then killed himself, but not before dousing his estranged wife, the day care’s Director, in “a flammable liquid” and attempting to set her on fire.
She was able to escape.
In Canada for about a year after obtaining permanent resident status, Neil Galliou was not so lucky. He was shot once in the face and once in the stomach.
Quebec Coroner Marie Pinault’s report said the murder-suicide was the result of Robert Charron’s devastation over his separation from his wife.
Gatineau Police Chief Mario Harel said Neil Galliou had no personal involvement with Charron’s wife, despite wide speculation. It is unknown why the murderer targeted Galliou.
“We don’t have any — any — information that there’s somebody else in the picture,” Chief Harel said.
Robert Charron was identified as an “avid hunter”.