|An OPP cruiser sits outside the St. Isidore school where a body was found (Marlo Cameron/Ottawa Sun)
Joey Faubert was a “good kid” who got mixed up with the wrong crowd, brought down by the drugs that have a hold on St. Isidore, his father said.
“He wasn’t a bad kid,” said Alain Faubert on Monday night. “He had some bad friends, that’s all.”
Hawkesbury OPP have charged five people following his death after Faubert’s body was found in the backyard of the local French Catholic elementary school Saturday morning. St. Isidore is about an hour’s drive east of Ottawa.
An autopsy confirmed foul play was involved and several arrests were made.
Martin Lamoureux, 18, is charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Two Ottawa men, aged 19 and 20, are facing first-degree murder charges in relation to his death. Their names will be released in court Tuesday morning.
A girl and a woman from North Stormont, aged 16 and 18, are being charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
“At least this offers me some reassurance,” said Faubert after hearing OPP had made the arrests. “I really hope they’re found guilty.”
Despite his troubled youth, Alain said his son was always the family jokester.
“He really loved to make us laugh,” he said. “He was very polite with people and loved to see us laugh.”
The young man’s uncle, Pierre Faubert, said Faubert’s problems with drugs started in his teens after his parent’s divorce, when he left St. Isidore to live with his mom, Marcy, in Embrun.
Faubert drifted away from the rest of the family, only occasionally coming back to St. Isidore.
“Now, I don’t know him too much, he was not with the family much,” said Pierre. “It was the drugs.”
His uncle recounted how many of the youth were wrapped up in using and selling drugs in the small community.
“It’s the same everywhere in the village, there’s always drugs, that’s for certain,” added Alain.
Faubert was in the village visiting friends when he was killed, his family said.
“Joey was a good guy, he just had some money problems because of the drugs,” said Pierre.
Lamoureux appeared in court Sunday and the other suspects will appear in court on Tuesday in L’Orignal.
The family will be making funeral arrangements Tuesday, Pierre said.
Alain will be going to court to learn more about the circumstances surrounding his son’s death.
“This is going to help for closure, that’s for sure,” he said.