|Autopsies are expected to confirm the exact
cause of the deaths.
Cops originally visited the house around 2:10 a.m.
yesterday after receiving a call from a female family member
who was concerned about the wellbeing of one person in the
home. When officers arrived, no one answered the door and
there appeared to be nothing out of sorts, so they left and
followed up just before 8 a.m.
Around 9:15 a.m., police forced their way into the home
-- the window on the front door was still shattered
yesterday -- and they immediately found the bodies of one
man and two women. Another slain woman was found later.
Const. Alain Boucher said it wasn't until police could do
a "systematic search" of the rooms that they found the
fourth body around 1:15 p.m.
"A quick search of the house was done initially," he
Police called it an "obvious homicide."
Forensic investigators and major crime detectives worked
all day at the home. Flowers sat in the upstairs window and
the lights in one back bedroom remained on at night. Two
sets of boots and a newspaper were on the front porch along
with two plastic lawn chairs.
Land registry records indicate the Brars bought the house
in October 2002.
Santibar Brar had been working as a night mechanics
supervisor in the OC Transpo major repair garage on St.
A worker at the garage said Brar, known as "SB" around
the shop, hadn't shown up for work this week and people just
assumed he was sick on or vacation. However, workers did
note that Brar didn't call in.
"No one seems to know where he is," one worker said.
The worker described Brar as an "intelligent man" who was
"always professional and polite."
Brar, who has braces and a mustache, had been supervisor
for at least eight years, the worker said.
Brar's brother also works at the bus garage and they both
once worked at a mechanics shop off Merivale Ave.
Balraj Dhillon, who knows of the family, said Brar's
brother, Gurindervir, has been in India this week.
Gurindervir Brar was in India when he was notified of the
DIDN'T TALK MUCH
Neighbours on Grandpark Circle said they didn't talk much
with the family.
"They pretty much kept to themselves," said Greg Harvey,
40. "You would see them on the porch every so often."
Charlene Delaciuz, 19, said one of the Brar daughters
would ride the same bus as her to the University of Ottawa.
Marguerite Jolibois, who lives a few doors down, couldn't
believe news of the homicide. She said she would often see
the "quiet" Brar mother walking in the neighbourhood.
"I'm very sad for them," Jolibois said.
OTTAWA MURDERS IN 2007
There have been 13 murders in Ottawa this year:
- Nov. 21: Four bodies are found in a south-end home in a
- Oct. 6: Angela Kuehl, 26, is charged with second-degree
murder after a five-month police investigation into the
death of her infant son.
- June 30: Alban Garon, 77, his wife Raymonde and Jean
Marie (Claire) Beniskos are found dead in an apartment at
1510 Riverside Dr. No one has been arrested.
- June 21: Ziad Ahmad, 32, and Phillip Salmon, 28, are
shot dead at Pari's Motel on Montreal Rd. Kwaku Frimpong,
23, of Ottawa, has been charged with two counts of
- June 15: Police find the body of Deborah
Frankel-Howard, 61, in her Gage Cres. home. A nationwide
manhunt is launched in search of the woman's adoptive son,
Aaron Howard, 19, who turned himself into a RCMP detachment
in Crystal City, Man. He has been charged with first-degree
- April 28: Hassan La-Khazaali, 17, is stabbed to death
at a gas station on Carling Ave. at Bayshore Dr. Safeolah
Fizeeli, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder.
- April 3: Paul-Andre Simard's body is found in the
basement of his Meadowlands home. No one has been arrested
in connection with the 63-year-old security guard's death.
- Feb. 3: Jason Gall, 33, is stabbed to death in a
downtown parking lot in the early morning hours. There have
been no arrests in the case.
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