Quyon resident Alain Gascon, 49, appeared in court April 22 in the first proceeding stemming from the death of his estranged wife, 42 year-old Angela Distasio, the mother of their five children. Distasio was found seriously injured on Easter Sunday, April 21, around 8:20 pm after police were called to an apartment on Symmes Road in Aylmer; the apartment belonged to one of the couple’s sons. She passed away in the hospital around 2:30 am on April 22 and Gascon has been charged with first-degree murder. According to an autopsy report, her injuries were caused by a “sharp object.”
Gascon is a handyman, while Distasio worked at Walmart in the Le Plateau. Her family grew up in the region and lived in rural Quebec towns, including Otter Lake and Quyon. In media reports, Distasio has been described as a “quiet person” and her stepbrother, Serge Grandbois, commented, “She was always smiling . . .”
While the couple had been together for over fifteen years, they had married only two years ago. Distasio told her husband a month ago that she wanted a permanent separation, and moved in with one of her sons. She informed her family, including her stepbrother, that she wanted a divorce. “A few weeks back, she said, ‘enough is enough’,” Grandbois told the media.