Vicky Shachtay (L) 23, yrs and daughter Destiny, 7 yrs, are shown in this undated supplied photo. Shachtay was killed on November 25, 2011 when a hand-delivered package exploded in her Innisfail, AB home.
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That's the shocking revelation in Innisfail, Alta., where RCMP have charged Shachtay's financial advisor with first-degree murder, blaming Brian Malley for delivering the bomb that killed the 23-year-old paraplegic mom.
Malley, the 55-year-old owner of a money management firm, knew the murder victim through family connections.
But Shachtay's siblings say it was their business relationship -- a financial investment deal that involved close to $1 million -- which tied the victim with her accused killer.
That relationship had recently soured: according to the victim's sister, interest that was supposed to provide Vicky with a lifetime of income dried up in the months before the Nov. 25, 2011, explosion.
"It was about $5,000 a month and she was supposed to be living off the interest," Sarah Shachtay said. "Before she died, she told us she was broke. That money was supposed to last her the rest of her life.
"She didn't know what happened to it."
The advisor Victoria Shachtay trusted to provide for her and her daughter is now behind bars, accused of placing the fatal bomb on Shachtay's doorstep.
The device detonated as Shachtay carried the package into her apartment, killing the wheelchair-bound mom and terrorizing the 7,500-person town just south of Red Deer, AB.
The fatal blast was heard by neighbours and RCMP called in bomb squad experts from as far away as Ottawa to help investigate, fearing the attack might be random.
Now it seems the public warnings were not needed, with Malley linked to the victim, both through business and as a close friend of her stepfather.
Malley handled Shachtay's money and he must have known too well the story of the 2004 drunk-driving crash that left the pregnant teen paralyzed, only a month before the birth of her daughter, Destiny.
Coming to grips with her disabled future and trying to deal with motherhood at the same time was a serious struggle for Vicky, but the 23-year-old was relishing her life as a mom when the killer struck.
Sarah says her sister's only serious worry was money and she had recently applied for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) when she died.
"She tried to get a job, but couldn't find one," Sarah said. "She applied for AISH and had sent the forms off, but it happened before she could even get on it."
Destiny was at school when her mom died and has since been raised by relatives.
Sarah said the RCMP charges against a family friend and someone her sister trusted initially left her furious.
She's vowed to fight to the bitter end to ensure there is justice for Vicky.
"When I found out I was so angry -- just furious," Sarah said.
"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he's in there for as long as possible. I want him in jail for life."
That future court case is one faced with both relief and dread by the victim's family.
There's relief that RCMP have charged a person with the murder, but dread knowing they'll be reliving the horrific loss in agonizing detail.
"But we've been living with this every day since it happened. It's never gone away," Sarah said.
Vicky's brother called the arrest a massive comfort for the family.
"It's a big relief. It means we can start to move on with our lives," Derek Shachtay said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing justice served."
Both the aunt and uncle say the young daughter robbed of her mom by a callous killer is doing OK, considering.
"She's a young child, with a brilliant mind," Derek said.
"She's doing well."
Destiny's aunt says she worries the loss of a mom is something that can deeply hurt a child, even if there are few outward signs.
"She's her usual bright and happy self, but I worry," Sarah said.
"I'm afraid this had affected her more than she lets on."