New Brunswick homicide victim’s friends, family mourn his loss

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Olivia Bulmer still can’t believe her close friend Max Boudreau is gone.

Boudreau’s body was discovered in a wooded area in Irishtown, NB, north of Moncton on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old had been reported missing on 17 November.

Bulmer remembers his friend as a funny person with a kind soul who could light up a room.

“We would have endless sleepovers and watch movies,” Bulmer said, choking back tears. “Go hiking, go to the gym together. I really lost my best friend and I hope we can have some peace. The family is hurting, everyone is hurting and it’s just not fair.”

42-year-old Justin Barrow of Moncton has been charged with first-degree murder.

Barrow made a brief court appearance Wednesday in front of about 20 of Boudreau’s family and friends.

Boudreau’s cousin, Louise Vautour Goguen, released a statement Thursday on behalf of the family.

She said Boudreau’s mother is devastated.

“The family is trying to deal with extreme grief and uncertainty surrounding the details of his death. The investigation is still ongoing and the family has no other information to share at this time,” the statement read.

“While we all have so many unanswered questions, we ask for discretion in sharing information that could compromise the ongoing investigation.”

What is known is that Boudreau left Angie’s, a Dieppe bar, in a taxi around 3 a.m. on Nov. 15.

The relationship between the suspect and the victim is not yet known.

The cab company that picked up Boudreau says the man arrested did not work for them.

Moncton’s River of Pride, an LGBTQ support group, offered its deepest sympathies in a Facebook post.

Its president Jeremie Duguay was also a friend and former roommate.

“He always found a way to live life to the fullest. I’m honestly a little jealous of the way he was able to do that,” Duguay said. “It was honestly impressive. He was just very proud of everything he did. He was just so confident. It was very uplifting to have him in my life.”

Downtown whiskey bar Antlers Lounge is holding an evening to honor Boudreau this Saturday, with all proceeds and donations going to his family.

Co-owner Eric Doucet said it will be an emotional night for everyone.

“The LGBTQ community itself here in Moncton is a small community. It’s a strong community, but it can be fragile,” said Doucet.

“We’ve seen what just happened in Colorado, it happens all the time. So as a community here in Moncton, it’s very important that we support our friends, our brothers, our sisters.”

The family statement from Vautour Goguen said they are deeply touched by all the love and support they are receiving.

“It serves as a testament to how much Max was loved and appreciated by all who knew him.”

The statement ended by saying:

“At this time, we kindly ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of Max. His kind, fun-loving spirit will be deeply missed along with his beautiful smile.”

A spokesperson for the New Brunswick RCMP told CTV News the investigation is continuing, but the cause of death and other details were not released.

Barrow is scheduled to return to court on December 12.

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