'IAIN, I'M DONE.'
CLEARWATER – Angila Wilson was a strong woman who made her children her first priority. She wasn't the type to sit in her house with her kids; they were always planning activities, playing sports, or taking the odd day trip to Kamloops, according to some of her close friends.
"She was a good mom. I never once thought that she wasn't a good mom," her friend Danielle Easson says.
But Wilson’s strength was tested in the weeks before she was killed, allegedly by her common-law husband, Iain Scott, 41. He’s also the father to their three children ages six, five and two.
According to friends, in the weeks leading to her death April 20, she was forced to make some tough decisions in their relationship.
Wilson, 32, was a licensed practical nurse at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, picking up casual shifts when she wasn't taking care of her children. She and Easson became close in the last few months since Easson moved to Clearwater. The friends brought their children together for play dates while they had coffee and chatted.
Easson says Wilson rarely brought up her relationship with Scott. But in the last month, it was more common. She was worried about the change in Scott's attitude since his father passed away.
He was drinking and using cocaine and Wilson, worried for her children, decided to leave him for good, she says.
"This was the third time that she left him. He would always try and clean up,” Easson says. “She actually told him this time 'Iain I'm done.'"
And he knew it.
"Iain said to me 'I guess I'm not good enough for her,'" Easson says.
On the second weekend in April, she says Scott slit his wrists in an attempt at suicide. Though friends say he was a good father, it made Wilson nervous to leave the kids alone with him. She made plans to drive to Kamloops and mentioned a restraining order to Easson and perhaps others.
Wilson never made it to Kamloops. Someone poured sugar in the gas tank of her car. Wilson's friends suspected it was Scott, Easson says.
On Easter Monday, Easson texted Wilson to confirm plans to ride bikes. When Wilson didn't respond, Easson drove to her house and found two police officers posted out front. They told her there had been a homicide and Scott took the kids.
Wilson sent her last text to Easson on Sunday. It was about their biking plans.
"It's still raining :(" the text said.
Scott was involved in a seven-hour standoff with police and held the three children hostage. He was later arrested without incident. The children are physically unharmed.
Scott was charged with first degree murder this week and remains in custody.
Easson’s parents, Jim and Lorene Easson, knew the couple well during the couple’s seven years in Clearwater. Jim employed Scott as a contractor with his construction company.
“He was a very good father and those kids were always looked after; everybody complimented them on their kids,” Jim said. “Nobody had any idea that he was capable of this kind of stuff.”
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- This story was updated at 5:03 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 to correct the age of Angila Wilson's middle child.