MUR­DER-SUI­CIDE IN­QUIRY EX­PECTED TO BE­GIN NEXT YEAR

Vancouver Sun - - CANADA -

The long-awaited fa­tal­ity in­quiry into the death of an Afghan war vet­eran who killed his fam­ily and him­self in ru­ral Nova Sco­tia is ex­pected to be­gin early next year — more than two years af­ter the killings. Lionel Desmond, 33, was di­ag­nosed with PTSD af­ter serv­ing two tours in Afghanistan in 2007. On Jan. 3, 2017, he shot his wife Shanna, 31, their 10-year­daugh­ter Aaliyah and his 52-year-old mother Brenda be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self in the fam­ily’s ru­ral home in Up­per Big Tra­cadie, N.S. The in­quiry will ex­am­ine whether Desmond had ac­cess to mental health and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices — and whether he should have been able to buy a gun. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment promised the in­quiry in De­cem­ber 2017, and its terms of ref­er­ence were later re­leased in May.

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