THE CANADIAN PRESS
KINGSTON – A man, his wife and their son are charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three Montreal sisters and their caregiver, who were found dead in a submerged car near Kingston.
The bodies of the three teenaged sisters and the 52-year-old woman were found in the car in the Rideau Canal on June 30.
Kingston police Chief Stephen Tanner told a news conference this afternoon he was saddened at the "needless and senseless loss of innocent human lives."
The girls' father, Mohammed Shafi, previously said the deaths occurred as the family was headed home after vacationing in Niagara Falls and had stopped for the night at a Kingston hotel.
Shafi said the eldest daughter was known to take the family car without permission or a licence, but police call that allegation ``false."
The four accused have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.