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Victims identified, charges laid following triple homicide in Rutland

Jacob and Clara Forman are seen in a family photo posted to Facebook.
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KELOWNA - Charges have been laid against a Kelowna man accused of murdering three people in Rutland last weekend.

Jacob Forman, born in 1983, made his first appearance before a judge Wednesday, Dec. 20, and was formally charged with murdering Clara Soledad Forman, Karina Anne Forman and Yesenia Kate Forman. 

Heritage Christian Online School confirmed Clara Forman as the mother of Karina and Yesenia.

In a statement Thursday the school said it "wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our students Karina and Yesenia Forman and their mother, Clara. As our community mourns their loss, there are not adequate words to express our deep sorrow at this tragedy."

Kelowna RCMP have released few details, but say the murders happened sometime before Dec. 19.

Jeff McLeod, a resident of Bolotzky Court since 1994, told the Kelowna Daily Courier he believed a man, woman, and two children lived in the home in Rutland, which was surrounded by police tape on Wednesday.

"They hadn't been there very long, maybe a year or less," McLeod said. "They pretty much stuck to their own. Never attracted attention, so I never paid them that much attention. You'd see two girls, maybe about six or seven, playing outside once in awhile, that's about it."

There had never been any police cars or ambulances at the home before Tuesday evening, McLeod said.

Land title documents show the home is owned by Jacob Daniel Forman, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning supervisor.

David Patchell-Evans, founder of GoodLife Fitness, said Clara Forman was a beloved fitness instructor at the company's gym in Kelowna. He offered his sympathies in a statement to friends and family members following her death and the death of her young children.

"She touched so many lives through the classes that she taught and through all of the positive interactions she had with associates and members in our club," Patchell-Evans said.

"She will be greatly missed."

- This story was corrected and updated with information from Canadian Press at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2017.

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