A Canadian man who studied to become a pastor was arrested on charges of killing his wife and their two daughters, police said.
Clara Soledad Forman and her daughters, Karina Anne Forman and Yesenia Kate Forman, were found dead in their British Columbia home last Tuesday after having apparently been killed on Sunday, CTV Vancouver reported.
Jacob Daniel Forman, 34, who reportedly volunteered at a local church, is facing three charges of second-degree murder for the deaths.
Police have not said how Forman killed his family or why.
His daughters were only 7 and 8 years old and were homeschooled through the Heritage Christian Online School system, the Kelowna Daily Courier reported.
“We’re devastated by what’s happened,” said Sara Kraushar, the program’s head of school, in a statement to the Canadian newspaper.
“There are no words to express the grief that the friends and family of Karina, Yesenia and Clara are feeling,” Kraushar said. “Our hearts go out to them and we want to be there to help lift them up in prayer.”
Forman made his first court appearance on Thursday and reportedly showed no emotion. He is scheduled to reappear in court in January.
His lawyer, Glenn Verdurmen, said he is not yet sure how his client will plea.
“We have a very fair process in Canadian law, and I’m going to make sure he has all his rights, and then we’ll assess it and he’ll make the right plea at the right time,” Verdurmen said.
Forman worked at a plumbing company, but was training to become a pastor when he first met his wife in 2005. Forman married Clara, originally from Mexico, after just four months of dating, she wrote in a Facebook post on their 10th anniversary.
“When I married Jacob Forman I left everything I knew to come to Canada and build a life,” she wrote. “God blessed our feeble efforts with good jobs, good friends, a great church family and most importantly, 2 of the best little humans a couple of people could ask for. 10 years later you are still the person I want to grow old with.”