SURREY â€” Police have determined that Kathleen Maximuik, 61, killed her 83-year-old mother Anne Shouchuk before taking her own life.
A family member found their bodies inside their house at 13665-111A Ave. on May 1.
Cpl. Adam MacIntosh, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police are not releasing how they died "out of respect for the family."
He said Maximuik had been suffering from "ongoing health concerns" prior to the deaths but he declined to reveal "specifics."
She had been her mom’s primary caregiver, MacIntosh said. Asked what IHIT’s theory is for why Maximuik killed her mom then herself, he replied that the BC Coroner’s Office is still working that out.
The murder-suicide drew much media attention to 111A Ave. Danica Baldwin, who lives a few doors down from the women, said she delivered the Now newspaper to their door
"We never really talked to them, like had a conversation with them, but they’d say thank you ever once in a while for the papers, that’s about it," she said the morning after the women’s bodies were found.
"The older one there, she had problems walking, but the younger one was more fit," she said.