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Former Ba couple found dead in Canada

The family of a couple who were found dead in their home in Oakville, Ontario, Canada last Wednesday are still coming to terms with their loss. The couple, Prem Singh,
23 Jan 2018 12:54
Former Ba couple found dead in Canada
Ratan Kumar (the nephew of the late Prem Singh) and Viri Mati (sister) hold up a photo of Prem and Gyan Singh on January 22, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

The family of a couple who were found dead in their home in Oakville, Ontario, Canada last Wednesday are still coming to terms with their loss.

The couple, Prem Singh, 69, and his wife Gyan, 70, and their daughter Ronika had been living in Canada for more than 40 years.

They are former residents of Sarava, Ba.

Investigators have classified the deaths as murder-suicide.

Mr Singh allegedly shot his wife before shooting himself at their Summerhill Crescent home in Oakville, according to Global News, in Canada.

A Police spokesperson for Halton Regional Police, speaking to a reporter from Global News said they were not looking for suspects adding “this appears to be the latest case of deadly domestic violence”.

Police said they responded to a weapons-related call around 5am at the home, near Ninth Line and Upper Middle Road East.

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Police had initially asked residents to avoid the area.

Police said the circumstances of the shooting were still being investigated .

However, authorities have since said they believe there is no risk to public safety related to the incident and suspects aren’t being sought.

Prem and Gyan Singh at their home in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Global News

Prem and Gyan Singh at their home in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Global News

According to Global News a neighbour described the two as kind and generous people, and said they have a daughter who got married over the summer.

Mr Singh’s nephew, Ratan Kumar, described them as a loving couple and  were very caring.

“They were both very quiet people and they had a love marriage so you can imagine how much they loved each other,” he said.

“My uncle was one person who was very caring person and was always advising people on how to live a better life.

“Even the neighbours claimed they have never heard a sound from their home.”

Mr Kumar said the couple last visited Fiji in 2014 and they were in contact at least twice a month.

“Their last visit was during my daughter’s wedding in 2014 and we kept in contact with each other every month,” Mr Kumar said.

“We still do not know what happened. But right now we are still in shock and every time we talk about him we are sad because we never expected this would happen. We are still stunned.”

“He didn’t have any family members there with him to whom he could have related his problems.”

Mr Singh has four sisters and was one of three brothers.

“My mother, Vir Mati, wanted to attend the funeral but due to her medical condition she was not be able to attend.”

Mrs Mati, 76, is Mr Singh’s sister.

Mr Singh attended high school in Ba before going to New Zealand for further studies at a university and returned to be a court clerk.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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