Military veteran Lionel Desmond allegedly murders his family and himself

Nova Scotia RCMP were called to a home in Upper Big Tracadie, just after 6pm on January 3rd, after receiving a call for assistance. Police arrived to find Lionel Desmond 33, his 52 year old mother Brenda Desmond, his wife Shanna Desmond 31, and their 10 year old daughter Aaliyah all dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police said the call came from Shanna Desmond’s aunt who had gone to the home Tuesday night. RCMP said Lionel Desmond’s injuries looked to have been self inflicted and there was no sign of forced entry at the home.