Soldier in highrise murder suicide suffered from PTSD, obituary says

TORONTO -- An obituary for a Canadian soldier who police say killed his pregnant wife before killing himself says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The tribute to Robert Giblin says the 43-year-old underwent treatment for the mental health condition and "put the pieces of his life together" before meeting and marrying Precious Charbonneau, 33.

The pair were married in mid-November and were madly in love, one of Giblin's friends previously told The Canadian Press.

The friend, who doesn't want to be identified for fear of upsetting both families, also said Giblin showed no sign of PTSD.

Police say Giblin stabbed his new bride multiple times in their Toronto apartment before throwing her over the balcony to her death on Sunday night.

She was believed to be nine weeks pregnant.

Giblin, a sergeant in the Joint Task Force Central based at the Denison Armoury in Toronto, "had a long and varied military career," his obituary says.

"Sadly, Rob suffered from PTSD. He sought and underwent treatment and put the pieces of his life together. When he was well, he was overjoyed to have met and married his love Precious Charbonneau," it says.

He's described as a "caring involved uncle, a role model, and foremost a playmate."

A funeral service is planned Monday morning at the Bancroft Community Church in Sudbury, Ont. No visitation is scheduled.

His family is asking that mourners make donations to mental health organizations instead of giving flowers.


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