|An autopsy, which was scheduled for
yesterday in Toronto, is expected to reveal the exact cause
Meanwhile, homicide detectives charged Elliot Benge, 22,
with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in
It's Ottawa's first homicide of 2008.
Police have been called to the family's Greenboro home
for several incidents related to Elliot Benge's
While Elliot Benge has had dealings with police, he has
no criminal record.
Members of the Benge family declined to comment at a
relative's east-end home yesterday. A woman who answered the
door said they were too distraught to discuss the incident.
Pierre Benge, a highly educated man who had bachelor of
science and masters degrees, joined the board of directors
of the U of O alumni association in May 2007.
Guy Larocque, director of alumni relations, said Benge
was an "affable man" who was enthusiastic about his
nomination to the board.
"The whole office is in shock," Larocque said. "It's very
close to home for everybody. No one expected that."
Pierre Benge worked at the Unemployment Insurance
Commission in the early 1970s before working in the urban
and land-use planning fields.
In 2000, he accepted a volunteer position on the board of
the Catholic Family Service of Ottawa and stayed in that
position until 2002. Administrators appreciated having
someone on the board with a different cultural background,
according to executive director Franca DiDiomete.
"He was curious and wanted to know more," DiDiomete said.
"He was very pleasant and very gentle."
Georges Bourgoignie, who served as president on the board
while Benge was a director, said Benge "did an excellent
job" in his volunteer position.
Bourgoignie called Benge a "busy volunteer" in Ottawa.
The Benge family have been active members of Notre Dame
Cathedral Basilica on Sussex Dr.
"The Benge family members are registered, dedicated,
devoted parishioners of Notre Dame cathedral and they
actively participate in this community's life," Msgr.
Patrick Powers said in a statement. "The pastoral team of
the Cathedral is now dedicating all of our energies to
helping this faithful family during this trying time. Please
pray for them and the repose of Mr. Benge's soul."
On Somero Pvt. yesterday, Hannei El-Khoury's eyes
glistened with tears as she stared at the police cruiser
parked in front of the Benge house.
El-Khoury remembered Christmas Eve when she sent her son
over to the Benge house to borrow a wine opener, which was
sent over along with wishes for a happy holiday.
"It's too bad that these kinds of things happen to good
people," El-Khoury said.