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Questions linger in Coroner's report of West Kelowna murder-suicide

The bodies of Kimberley Ansell, left, and Marcello Verna were found in the area of Shannon Way and Westville Way at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
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February 16, 2021 - 4:40 PM

They didn’t know each other for long, but their names have been entwined since 2016 when a passerby found their bodies in the woods of a West Kelowna neighbourhood.

Kimberly Janet Ansell, 31, and Marcello Quinn Verna, 20, died March 1, 2016 by gunshot according to the B.C. Coroner Service. Their bodies were found at 7 a.m. March 2, 2016.

A Coroner's report released Feb. 17, 2021 said it was either a double-suicide or a murder-suicide.

“Both had traumatic head injuries and were obviously deceased,” reads the report. “There was a handgun resting on the ground near Mr. Verna’s right hand.”

Ansell had been shot dead at around 11:40 p.m. March 1, 2016 and Verna “shot himself seconds later.”

“It’s not clear whether Mr. Verna fired the shot that killed his friend or whether she fired the shot herself and Mr. Verna then used the gun to shoot himself,” reads the report.

There was no indication a third person was involved.

The pair, in the months prior to their deaths, “had developed a close friendship” with one another, according to the report.

Coroner’s reports for both indicate they had been dealing with stressors in the preceding months, though those were not outlined.

Ansell’s report indicates she had expressed suicidal thoughts and intentions.

“Police were not aware of prior allegations of abuse or violence between Ms. Ansell and (Verna),” reads the report.

The handgun located at the scene belonged to Verna, who did not have a valid licence for it. Nor was the weapon registered.

While Verna’s death is classified as a suicide, Ansell’s is unclassified as they can’t determine whether she killed herself or was killed by Verna.

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