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Murder charge shocks Labrador West residents, but most say they have nothing to fear

RNC Const. Geoff Higdon speaks to reporters this afternoon at RNC headquarters in St. John’s about a murder that happened earlier today in Labrador city. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
RNC Const. Geoff Higdon speaks to reporters at RNC headquarters in St. John’s about a murder that happened earlier this week in Labrador city. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram - Rosie Mullaley

There was no doubt that news of a murder charge in Labrador City bought swift reaction to people in the area.

It certainly was discussed at length in the communities.

At this time, there are few details, as the investigation continues. Today the Aurora asked people in the community for their thoughts about the incident.


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Here are a few of the comments...

Joan Hibbs told the Aurora “it’s a shock when there is a crime of this type in a small community, it’s something we think of happening in bigger communities. As well we have to hear the truth of the matter, that will take time.”

Laurie Campbelton said it was certainly unexpected but she's not afraid.
Laurie Campbelton said it was certainly unexpected but she's not afraid.

Hibbs said she isn’t afraid or feel threatened. Police said there was no threat to the public safety, as this was an altercation between two individuals.

Hibbs did say she was much more concerned a number of years ago when a person was attacked in their house, and nobody was arrested for a long time.

“That was frightening as we didn’t know who had done this or if they might done something again, we were more cautious then, this is a different situation.”

One Labrador City Man who identified himself but didn’t want his name published said until there is more information it’s hard to really make a comment. He did say it’s a shock, as this has only happened once before in the history of the town. He says though, the use of a firearm is a little disconcerting, but he has no concerns for his own or his families safety.

Cara Hayward told the Aurora “it’s a shock to hear this happened in our community, we usually think that those things happen in cities, not something that happens here. Even though I knew I was safe I didn’t sleep well, thinking of what happened.”Hayward said she was also surprised by the number of texts and emails from people who she knew that used to live here and now live away.

“People were wondering what happened, and if I knew who was involved.”

For Laurie Campbelton, it was quite unexpected to hear what had happened, as others said it’s not something we expect to hear in small towns, but at the same time I certainly don’t feel afraid.

For Vanessa Avery, she said “I’m not afraid or nervous at all, but what affects people is the fact that this has happened in a small town. If that happened in Toronto, people are more used to this happening, not that it’s less tragic, but in those cases people never even know most the names of the people. Here it’s a different situation. In a small town most people know each other, or they know friends or acquaintances of people directly affected, it takes it to a more personal level.”

One other person who asked they not use his name did also point out, that because it’s a small community, people are usually good in offering support to those who need it.

The investigation continues, the Aurora will continue to follow the story.

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