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First Degree Murder Charge laid in murder of Chantale Lebrun in Smiths Falls

by | Dec 31, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

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Charges have now been laid in the Smiths Falls murder of 36-year-old mother of four, Chantale Lebrun.

Kevin Ramage has been charged with first-degree murder in the death that Smiths Falls Deputy Police Chief Robert Labelle called “domestic in nature” when it was announced on Dec. 26th.

Ramage, 39, who was taken into custody on Boxing Day appeared in Perth criminal court yesterday.

Details of the case are covered under a publication ban and are not being made public.

Initially, Ramage’s name was not being released to protect the identity of the victim and her children.

Since then, a GoFundMe page raising money for funeral costs and to help support the four girls has gained momentum. You can donate to the cause by clicking here.

Chantale’s name became public knowledge as the fundraiser was shared on social media to help it gain notice.

As of Friday morning, the fundraiser started by Chantale’s friend Caitlyn Beute had surpassed $58,000. On the page, Caitlyn says “Chantale is irreplaceable and will never be forgotten.”

The murder has gripped the town of Smiths Falls and has inspired many to speak out about and raise awareness about domestic violence in our communities.

Lanark County Interval House Executive Director Erin Lee will join us on In Focus next Tuesday after the News@Noon to talk about the impact an act of violence such as this has on a community.

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