Teen's dad stunned by murder charge

Jim Day
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Father says his 17-year-old girl, charged with stabbing man to death, never had brush with law

Father says his 17-year-old girl, charged with stabbing man to death, never had brush with law

Disbelief. Total disbelief.

Dad simply can’t believe what his 17-year-old girl is up against. Neither can other family members. The teen’s friends are also numb.

Dad recalls the unsettling moment of sitting at the police station with his daughter — a youth he says never before had any brush with the law. She had just been arrested in connection with the July 11 stabbing death of Kent David Gallant, 45, of Charlottetown.

Dad has difficulty making sense of a situation that has his daughter facing a charge of first-degree murder. Others do too.

“Anyone that knows her is just in total disbelief that it has happened,’’ he says of the nightmare consuming his girl, her friends and her family.

As often as is allowed, mom and dad visit their daughter who is being held in custody. Dad says his girl, who by law cannot be identified, is holding up well.

Early education has been set up for the teen at the facility she is being held in. The accused is even being taught how to play guitar.

“She seems to be strong but I mean we tell her to keep strong and praying and stuff,’’ says dad.

“She’s a strong kid anyway. She will get through this. We will all get through this.’’’

Still, the situation remains quite unreal, notes dad. His girl, after all, is charged with first-degree murder and the Crown has voiced its intention to try the teen as an adult.

His girl: the one with the big heart.

His girl: the one who worked with youth as a volunteer.

His girl: the one who loves street basketball and fitness boxing.

His girl: the one who hoped to do so much with her life.

Now the same girl — his girl — faces an uncertain future. She could end up spending years behind bars.

Family and friends, naturally, are hoping for the best possible outcome.

“We’re confident the truth will come out and the charge will either be dropped or reduced in the end,’’ says dad.

The family of the victim declined comment.

 

jday@theguardian.pe.ca

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