If you're a parent, then you know that your job is to love and care for your children. They're vulnerable to life's dangers, so we as parents need to help and teach them how to stay safe. This is true regardless of how old your children are. However, depending on their age, your child may have to rely solely on their parents to keep them safe. But sometimes, a parent will suddenly do the unthinkable to their flesh and blood.
In a suburb of Toronto called Brampton- which is located in Ontario, Canada- a father is facing murder charges in the deaths of his young sons. 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas was charged with first-degree murder late last week after the untimely deaths of 12-year-old Jonathan and 8-year-old Nicholas. It's unknown if he's still in custody, or if he's been released on bond.
The double murder was discovered by the children's mother, who has gone unidentified. She entered her home last Wednesday to find both of them unresponsive. It wasn't immediately evident that they had been murdered, but foul play has certainly been suspected. As of now, no cause of death has been revealed to the public.
"When we attended, we didn't find any obvious signs of trauma to the children. It was a little bit later on that it was determined to be a suspicious death in both cases," Peel Regional Police Constable Heather Cannon revealed.
Regardless of how the boys died, it's clear that these deaths have impacted not only the mother but also the surrounding community as well. The school where the two boys attended has even offered counseling to fellow students to help them process such a tragedy.
"They’re a wonderful family. I can’t even process it," neighbour Paula Da Silva (who also taught the children in the past) explained.
No motive has been revealed as to why Edwin would have killed his own sons. Even the mother has told police that she doesn't know how or why it happened in the first place. With the investigation still ongoing, it's may take a long while before anyone finds out more about the lead-up to the murders.
Until we receive such answers, our thoughts are with the mother and the extended family of the two slain boys.