19-year-old charged with murder of 6, including 4 children, in Canada

“There are many questions about why this tragedy happened.”

A 19-year-old Sri Lankan national has been arrested and charged with the alleged murders of six people, including four children, in Ottawa, Canada, Ottawa police said at a news conference Thursday.

Frank Desouza, believed to be studying in Canada, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, Ottawa police said.

Ottawa police were called to the scene around 11 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Police received two 911 calls reporting a suspicious incident. When police arrived on the scene, officers quickly identified and arrested the suspect “without incident,” Ottawa Deputy Police Chief Trish Ferguson said during Thursday’s news conference.

After police arrested Desouza, they entered the house, where they discovered the six deceased, the youngest of whom was less than three months old.

“The family was newcomers to Canada and originally from Sri Lanka,” Ferguson said.

The victims are Darshani Banbaranayake Gama Walwwe Darshani Dilanthika Ekanyake, 35, Amarakoonmubiayansela Ge Gamini Amarakoon, 40, Inuka Wickramasinghe, 7, Ashwini Wickramasinghe, 4, Rinyana Wickramasinghe, 2, and Kelly Wickramasinghe, 2 months old, Ottawa police said in a statement release.

The motive for the crime is not yet known and is the focus of the police investigation, police said.

“There are many questions as to why this tragedy occurred. This is the focus of our homicide unit as we diligently investigate this tragic crime,” Ferguson said.

“Our investigators and forensic teams work very hard to establish all the facts and ensure that justice is done, but that also means maintaining the integrity of the investigation in court,” she added.

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