KINGSTON, Ontario — A Montreal man, his wife and son are charged with killing three teenage sisters and a 50-year-old woman last month in Kingston, Ontario.
The bodies of the three teens and the woman were found in a submerged car in the Rideau Canal.
Kingston police Chief Stephen Tanner calls the deaths “needless and senseless.”
Police confirm the adult victim is in fact the first wife of the girls’ father, Mohammed Shafi.
He had told police she was his cousin when he reported the family members missing en route home from a trip to Niagara Falls.
The accused are facing four counts each of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Tanner says the victims had the right to live without fear and to enjoy safety and freedom — but had their lives cut short by members of their own family.
Police are not releasing the cause of death — but say the possibility it was an “honour killing” will be a part of the ongoing investigation.
The family, originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, spent 15 years in Dubai before moving to Montreal two years ago.