January 6, 2014, a somber day
Last year’s double murder still under investigation
As the new year begins, many Aylmer residents will recall the tragic events that took place at 158 rue de la Terrasse-Eardley on January 6, 2014. That’s the day two adults, Travis Votour and Amanda Trottier, both 23, died at the hands of a killer (or killers) - who to this day remain free. When the news surfaced it made national headlines and stunned the Aylmer community. Not only because a young man and a young mother were murdered inside their home, but because it made many realize how widespread organized crime was (and is) in the neighbourhood. “I always thought Aylmer was a safe place to live, never thought murders could take place like this. Boy, did I think wrong,” said Victoria Lebrasseur, Amanda’s mother. Since the tragedy, Mrs Lebrasseur has gone through difficult times, especially “Amanda’s birthday and Savanna’s first birthday without her mom [Amanda].”
The investigation into the double-murder, handled by Sûreté du Québec, is still inching along, with no charges yet laid.
To help in the investigation, the police set up a mobile post at the corner of Front Street and Allumettières Boulevard, December 8, 2014. The same day, investigators told the Bulletin that they talked to several nearby residents, who were unable to provide much detail. Marc Messier, SQ spokesperson, did share one of their theories. “There are certain aspects that are now public which indicate the victims were suspected of having stolen drugs from a criminal organization active in Aylmer and Gatineau. One of our theories, which is not confirmed, is that the criminals caught the two on video and located their home afterwards. There’s a possibility one vehicle drove by the house to make assessments before the murder took place,” he added.
“Any information is worth sharing as it could be the puzzle’s missing piece. We also need to validate and corroborate certain details,” noted Tessier. “Any information is helpful.” Residents can call the police hotline at 1-800-659-4264 to share any information. The hotline is confidential.