A 51-year-old man killed his wife and 13-year-old son Friday before taking his own life on a highway west of Toronto, police said.
Peel Regional Police Const. Danny Marttini offered few details of the double-homicide, which was reported to police from inside the Brampton, Ont., home where the victims were found.
She said the family members' identities are not being released to protect the privacy of the three surviving children and any other relatives trying to come to terms with what happened.
"The trauma that is going on around this situation, it is a lot," Marttini said at a news conference outside the home.
"We are really looking to respect their wishes so that they can deal with and process the aftermath of all this. Remember that we have people that have just lost two parents and a young sibling."
Marttini said officers received reports of a stabbing shortly before 6 a.m. Friday morning. She said the call for help came from within the home, but did not say specifically who contacted police.
Responding officers soon found the body of a 53-year-old woman inside. Marttini described her as a mother of four, but offered no other details.
She said police also found a 13-year-old boy inside with life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to hospital, but was soon pronounced dead.
Marttini said police did not have long to look before tracking down the man believed responsible for their deaths.
"We did have a male suspect that fled the residence in a vehicle," she said. "This male has been identified as the father and the spouse of the victims. He did unfortunately ... take his own life."
Marttini said the man left his vehicle in a parking lot and walked to a nearby overpass before his body was found on a busy highway. The cause of death for his wife and child was not immediately released.
She described the deaths as "an isolated incident," noting police are not seeking further suspects and there is no public safety risk associated with the case.
Marttini said the teen victim was the youngest of the family's children, noting two of them are adults.
She described the family as long-time residents of the Brampton neighbourhood.
Peel police are continuing their investigation.
Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.