UPDATE: RCMP identify double homicide victims

Brendon McGuigan was father to three young children, with his wife currently expecting a fourth child

Published on August 22, 2014

The RCMP has identified two men who were found dead in a home near Montague Wednesday night in what is considered a double murder.

Herbert Brent McGuigan, 68, and his son Brendon Patrick McGuigan, 39, were found at Brent's home on St. Mary’s Road West just after 9 p.m.

Brendon is survived by his wife Kimberly Ann, who is pregnant, and their three children, said Rev. Gerard Chaisson, priest for the area's churches. Brent is survived by his wife Marie and two adult children.

Chaisson said he has met will all the families involved, both victims and accused.

On Thursday morning the RCMP arrested 46-year-old Alfred Guy Vuozzo who has since been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Chaisson says Vuozzo is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Montague and that he lived with his mother not far from the church.

“They are very faithful people. Good living people,” said Chaisson of all the families involved.

“The P.E.I. RCMP major crime unit is continuing to investigate and will remain on the scene until their work there is completed,” RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler said Friday.

Details about the investigation, including any relationship between the victims and the accused will come out through the court process, she said.

The Eastern Graphic newspaper, however, has gone far back into a news archive to draw one connection between the families.

"In late November 1970 Brent’s father, Herbert McGuigan, who has since passed away, was the driver of a truck that collided near Commercial Road with a panel van driven by Alfred Vuozzo Senior," says the Eastern Graphic. "The accident claimed the life of nine-year-old Cathy Vuozzo, a sister of the man who now stands accused of Wednesday’s murders."

The provincial coroner’s office is continuing its investigation to determine the exact cause of death. Until then, police will not say how the men died or by what means.

Vuozzo will remain in jail until his next court appearance in Georgetown on Aug. 28.

Chaisson, the priest for the parishes of St. Paul’s in Sturgeon and St. Mary’s in Montague, says about 150 families who live in St. Paul’s are struggling with the news.

“As you can imagine, people are really in shock. It’s a tight-knit community. ... We know everybody in each of the parishes,” he said.

“This is a real tragedy and people are still trying to get their heads around what happened the other evening.”

“I visited with both families and I’m telling you it was very difficult to go and be with them," said Chaisson.

"They have so many questions and there is so much deep pain and they’re really broken,” he said in a telephone interview.

“I tried to give them a sense of hope and prayed with them that God will give them peace in these tragic times.”

A joint wake and funeral is planned for the McGuigan's. There will be visiting hours for family only on Sunday at  the Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home.

Public visiting hours are planned for Monday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.

A funeral mass for both men will be celebrated on Tuesday, Augm 26, starting at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sturgeon.

A collection is being taken for Brendon's children.