Edmonton 21-year-old woman killed; mother charged

Published: 12:33 GMT, Dec 27, 2016 |

Edmonton police have charged Christine Longridge, Rachael Longridge’s 50-year-old mother, with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police said Rachael Longridge had graduated at the top of her nursing class and was set to start a new position at a local hospital.

“This is a disheartening crime,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark.

Police were called about reports of an assault around 4:30 p.m. Friday at a home in northwest Edmonton in the area of 122nd Avenue and 132nd Street.

They found Rachael Longridge with severe injuries. She died soon after. Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate.

Marlee Butti, a childhood friend who planned to be at the Christmas party, has known the Longridge family all her life.

Though Longridge’s mother has been charged with murder, Butti said, that is not indicative of the relationship she had with her daughter.

Longridge graduated from her nursing program on Dec. 8. She, Bourque and the third pillar, Bergem, went on a trip to Jasper immediately after their finals.