First degree murder charge in Arnprior killing

A 22-year-old Arnprior man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Brodie Armstrong — a man he went to school with.

Jesse Gervais was cuffed at the Greyhound bus terminal in Sault Ste. Marie late Friday.

Police there were “working on some logistics” Saturday morning to return the man to Renfrew OPP.

The arrest comes two days after Armstrong, a musician, was killed in Arnprior.

He was seen staggering out of a car then collapsed along Russell St., shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents tried to help before paramedics arrived and took Armstrong to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he was later pronounced dead.

Witnesses told the Sun they heard arguing from the car before it plowed through a fence, crashing into a house.

A man was reported fleeing the scene on foot.

As they probed the killing, Renfrew OPP alerted Sault Ste. Marie cops the suspect was a passenger on the bus.

He was arrested without incident shortly before midnight.

Sault Ste. Marie police Staff Sgt. Jane Martynuck said there was “nothing to indicate” the accused was armed.

Gervais will appear in court in Pembroke.

He is the third murder suspect arrested at the bus station in Sault Ste. Marie since 2002.

The suspect and the victim are Facebook friends and both listed attending Arnprior District High School, where the suspect graduated in 2008.

Armstrong was a 2009 grad.

News of the arrest comes the same day funeral details were released.

Visitation takes place Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Boyce Funeral Home in Arnprior.

Armstrong’s funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Daniel St. N. at 11 a.m.

Cremation will follow.

Donations to the church or high school’s music program would be appreciated by his family.

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— with files from QMI Agency
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