The victim of a murder on Christmas Eve in North Battleford, Sask., Is remembered as a loving mother who cared for others.
Alyssa LeCaine, 25, was found dead in a house fire along with Daphne Bear, 20, of Sweetgrass First Nation. The RCMP is investigating the deaths as homicides.
LeCaine’s mother, Marilyn Smith, said her daughter had just left a relationship and moved back into her family.
LeCaine spent Christmas Eve with her family eating brunch. Smith took a nap, and LeCaine set off with her grandmother and sister to do last-minute Christmas shopping.
Smith said LeCaine ended up stopping by her former house where she had lived for about eight months.
“She only had to be in the house for a few minutes to grab something,” Smith said.
Smith said her mother and another daughter, LeCaine’s sister, were outside when they heard a loud boom.
The RCMP said no information about the investigation was available Sunday.
LeCaine leaves behind a six-year-old daughter, for whom Smith says LeCaine was very overprotective.
Smith said LeCaine’s daughter asked her where her mother was the night of her death.
“I just said her mother is in heaven waiting for her – looking down on her now,” Smith said.
“(LeCaine’s daughter was) like, ‘Well, who’s going to open her presents?'”
“She knows nothing but what I told her the first night,” Smith said.
“I dread the day she finds out.”
Smith said her daughter was always busy making crafts.
“She’s like an artistic person in her own little world,” Smith said.
She added LeCaine, who would try to help any animal she encountered.
Smith said her daughter was very caring to others, even when they might not have treated her the same way.
“Her heart was too big and she trusted everyone too much. Even when they broke it, she forgave them and she was their friend again, no matter what.”
Smith said her daughter always found the good in someone, no matter how bad they were.
LeCaine was known for taking care of family members when they were also sick.
“When I got sick, she was the first to come and do everything for us,” Smith said.
Smith said the family is devastated and traumatized by LeCaine’s death. She said her daughter deserved better and hopes the police find the one responsible.
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