The man charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two northern Alberta teens appeared in court Monday morning.
Edward Gladue, 19, made a brief court appearance in High Prairie. The case was put over until Sept. 19.
Gladue, 19, faces two charges of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Cory Grey and her boyfriend, Dylan Laboucan – and family say he’s no stranger to them.
Laboucan’s mother, Becky Thunder, said “that was Dylan’s friend, they went to school together.”
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Gladue would regularly play basketball with Laboucan and his cousins and had been invited inside his aunt’s home numerous times.
Brenda Auger trusted him – but not anymore.
“I’m really shocked and really hurt. I feel betrayed.”
Grey’s older brother, Clint Grey, feels the same way – saying he now has difficulty trusting his own friends.
“It hurts, you know? I never thought that I’d be losing my younger siblings.”
Thunder said to add insult to injury, Gladue came to her house while the community was searching for the teens.
She asked if he’d seen them and he said no.
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Then he started texting Laboucan’s cousins, asking about the investigation.
“Did they search the lot? Are the cops there? What’s going on now? Are the dog teams going to come?,” Auger said.
She’ll never understand why he did that.
“I just pray that justice will be done.”