EXCLUSIVE: Killed RCMP officer has Kazabazua, Qc, connection

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by Joel Balsam on June 6, 2014

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The Low Down has learned that Constable Douglas James Larche, one of three RCMP officers killed by 24-year-old suspect Justin Bourque in Moncton, was the son of Dan and Beth Larche of Kazabazua, Quebec.

Douglas Larche, 40, was the father of three children who are four, eight, and nine years-old.

In an email obtained by the Low Down, Douglas’ parents revealed to their friends that their son was one of the men who had been murdered by suspect Justin Bourque on June 4. “It is with deep sadness I wish to inform my friends that our youngest son, Douglas Larche, was one of the three RCMP Officers that were shot and killed in Moncton last evening. We are flying out tomorrow and don’t have a return date as yet.”

Gilles Chaslas – who works with Dan Larche at Kaza Cabana in Kaz, which fabricates wooden furniture and outdoor structures – said that Dan and his wife, Beth, were born in Kaz, but moved to St. John where Douglas Larche was raised. They then moved back to Kaz where Dan, a former RCMP officer himself, has worked at Kaza Cabana for two decades.

“[My partner and I] were watching the news on Wednesday night and there was a newsflash,” said Chaslas. “We looked at each other and said I pray to God that’s not Dan’s boy.”

On the night of June 4, Dan Larche called Chaslas at around 11 p.m. to deliver the news. The next day, Chaslas was the one to drive the Larches to the airport. “Yesterday was an awful day,” said Chaslas.

UPDATED: Douglas’ wife Nadine has announced that they have three children who are four, eight, and nine years-old. The story has been updated with this information.

See the June 11 edition of the Low Down for more information on this developing story.

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avatar The Mulrooney's June 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

We did not know the son, but we know Dan Larch. We send our prayers to him and his family. What a tragic happening for them and all the family’s . Peter and Marilyn

avatar LeCouffe, Aline & Ralph June 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

Dan and Beth: We did not know your son, Douglas, however, when I saw his picture, I was certain this was Dan’s son. My husband and myself send to you our most heartfelt condolences for this terrible loss. May the Lord see you through this, and be assured that our prayers are with you. Aline and Ralph LeCouffe, Campbellton, N.B.

avatar Tina galloway June 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Beth . I was shocked and saddened when I learned that he was your son.I tried to locate you many times but failed .i wish you will contact me . Would love to hear from you.

avatar Phil welock June 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I am now a City Councilor in Revelstoke BC. We held a Memorial for the 3 Members with close to 200 attendees. I joined the Force in 67 around the same time as Danny Larche with others from the Valley. I was more emotional because of Danny’s loss only having learned his son was one of the Members thru the Low Down…I will find Danny in July when I come to Wakefield to celebrate my Moms 93rd, our sons wedding in Ottawa and share a “quart” with him.

avatar Tina galloway June 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hi beth, I think of you often. You may not remember me when you lived in saint John. my husband bill galloway was with petro canada. He was in the simonds. Lions club and we sat together at bingo on Thursday nights. I would love to get in touch with you.

Tina galloway , 23 Meredith drive, Sussex Corner, n.b. e4e 2t8. Phone 506-433-5573

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