Gatineau cops are holding Shakti Ramsurrun, 28, for questioning in connection with the stabbing deaths of Anne Powers and her parents, Claude Levesque, 58, and Louise Leboeuf, 63. Their bodies were found Thursday, May 24, 2012 in an upscale Gatineau home. Ramsurrun is the husband of Powers. The couple is shown together in this photo.
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Devotional gatherings were held by friends in the east and west ends of Gatineau, Que., Saturday evening, aimed at honouring the family.
Leboeuf, 63, was found dead in her Aylmer, Que., home Thursday afternoon along with her husband Levesque, 58, and daughter, Anne-Katherine Powers, 21.
"They were really kind and generous people," said Virginie Lamaute, one of Powers' best friends.
The trio were stabbed to death, allegedly by Powers' estranged husband, Shakti Ramsurrun, 28.
All four lived together, along with the young couple's one-year-old son, who has been taken into protective custody.
Ramsurrun appeared in Gatineau court Friday and i three first-degree murder charges.
Friends say Levesque was an engineer who once worked for the city of Gatineau's public works department and left to become a self-employed consultant.
"Claude was a very mild man," said a close friend who asked not to be named.
The last time he saw the couple was in March when they met for lunch at Dinty's restaurant in Aylmer.
"They were just very loving and lovable people, very compassionate, very accepting," he said, adding Leboeuf taught workshops on love.
"Their whole philosophy was based on unity, on love, on compassion."
Levesque had a daughter from a previous relationship, but raised Powers as his own.
"She was a little kid when he was in her life," Lamaute said. "For her, he was like a dad."
At a recent family dinner, "Claude played guitar. Anne-Katherine and him sang together," said the friend.
"Things seemed to be OK."
Leboeuf was retired.
A few years ago, she shut down the bed and breakfast, which operated out of their home.
And before that, Leboeuf had a career in the psychiatric field, working in the US for many years.
"She helped people with their problems," the friend said.
Leboeuf was "very good at relating to people. She was very intuitive -- extremely so."
In recent years, Leboeuf suffered health problems related to a stroke in 2000.
"She actually died three times on the operating table," the friend said, noting the stroke affected her memory and ability to write.
Still, she remained a giver.
Lamaute recalls Powers' birthday party held at the family home in January.
"We all played bingo," Lamaute said. "(Leboeuf and Levesque) bought some gifts for everyone."
Powers was extremely close with her parents, Lamaute said.
"It was a great family."
Funeral details have not been released.
Ramsurrun is slated to appear in court May 31.