Airdrie man charged with killing his mother

Facebook posts identify Thorpe as Lowen’s son, though the RCMP would not confirm their relationship

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Mounties has charged an Airdrie man with second-degree murder in the murder of his mother.

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Alexander James Thorpe, 20, has been charged with the death of Melanie Lowen, 48, whose body was found in a residence in the city north of Calgary during a well-being check last Thursday.

Facebook posts identify Thorpe as Lowen’s son, though the RCMP would not confirm their relationship.

“They were known by each other,” said Cpl. Tammy Keibel.

Before Lowen’s body was discovered, a man was found wounded at a store in northeast Airdrie around 8 p.m. Thursday.

He was taken to the hospital and police said he would stay there “for an extended period.”

An autopsy performed Friday indicated that the death was a homicide, and Thorpe – who was the person transported to the hospital – was charged by the RCMP’s major crime unit.

Photos on Lowen’s Facebook page appear to show the mother and son in happier times as Lowen posed with Thorpe after being honored for his math performance in Class 12 at Airdries George McDougall High School in 2019.

Another shows them smiling together at Lake Louise in the summer of 2018.

In an article published by Experience Airdrie in May 2019, Thorpe describes himself as an avid community volunteer and football player with a desire to travel and take a vocational or engineering degree.

Following a hearing in Calgary Provincial Court last week, Thorpe was remanded in custody and his case was due to be heard in court on Monday.

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