Quebec Provincial Police said a 30-year-old man should be charged with murder after two boys, aged two and five, were found dead overnight at a house in Wendake, Que.
At around 2 a.m. on Sunday, members of the local police department notified the Sûreté du Québec of the bodies of the boys, which were discovered at the home of the Huron-Wendat First Nation just outside Quebec.
Police have yet to determine whether the suspect and the victims are related, according to SQ Sgt. Ann Mathieu.
The man surrendered to the Quebec City police. He was taken to hospital for assessment and is now being questioned by investigators, she said.
Premier François Legault tweeted his condolences to the entire Huron-Wendat nation, saying people across Quebec are devastated by what he called an unspeakable tragedy.
Ian Lafrenière, the province’s new Minister of Indigenous Affairs, also tweeted a message of condolence to the boys’ relatives. He said as a father, his heart is broken.
Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, said he felt “incredible sadness” when he learned of the children’s deaths.
“We are amazed. It is very, very difficult. This is unacceptable, ”he said.
Members of the community have been faced with difficult things lately, he said, including the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who died on September 28 in a hospital in Joliette, Que.
He said advice would be offered to teachers, students and anyone else in the community who might need it.