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.