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Family feeling stuck after loss of father to fatal assault

The man killed in Grande Prairie earlier this month is being remembered as a loving family man and jack of all trades. 48-year-old Pierre Quesnel died on February 16th after being assaulted in the area of 100 Avenue and 92 Street.

Quesnel’s daughter-in-law Janessa Franklin describes him as someone who loved to build and fix things, teaching her everything she knew about her vehicle. She says he also did whatever he could to help others.

“If you were hungry, he would feed you; [it] didn’t matter if he knew you or not, he would take meals to the Rotary [House]. He didn’t have a good childhood growing up so he definitely gave back a lot to the community and was a kind soul.”

RCMP has released few details about the homicide, other than to say there was an altercation. Franklin maintains that it was a random attack and that no words were exchanged between Quesnel and the man accused of his murder.

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“I just want people to know he was loved; he was a good man… Unfortunately, it could have been anyone. My dad was also our main supporter and losing him, we’re just stuck.”

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 1 p.m. at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie. Memorial donations may be made to Pierre’s children, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral costs and other support.

31-year-old Trevor Eldon Martineau of Grande Prairie has been charged with murder, as well as assault causing bodily harm, theft under $5,000, and two counts of breach of probation. He remains in police custody with a bail hearing scheduled for March 11th.

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