Grief for four shot dead as suspected sniper is charged by Fredericton cops

Flowers and notes left at Fredericton Police station by grieving members of the community. Police Photo.

Jackie Steeves says she has no idea how she’ll live her life without Fredericton Police Constable Robb Costello who was shot dead on Thursday.

“While I met Robb relatively late in my life he was my soulmate, my best friend and the light of my life,” she said in a statement.

“We shared a love of one another that I only believed existed in the movies, except this was real life and it really happened. I cannot even begin to imagine my life without him.”

Costello, 45, and fellow officer Sara Burns, 43, were shot and killed while responding to an early morning shots fired complain at an apartment building in Fredericton.

They appeared to have been ambushed by a sniper who had moments before shot dead 42-year-old Donald Adam Robichaud and 32-year-old Bobbie Lee Wright.

Robichaud and Wright had just begun a relationship, Facebook friends said.

Police have laid four charges of first degree murder against a local man identified as Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48.

It’s not know whether he knew the civilian victims.

Raymond will remain in custody until a court appearance on August 27.

Shattered residents of Fredericton have left flowers and notes at the central police station where flags are flying at half mast.

Costello’s partner, Steeves paid tribute to his dedication to his work and his family.

“Robb was the single most positive person I have ever met; and that was obvious to everyone who met him. He had a special way of dealing with people – fair, but strong and tough when needed,” she said.

“He was the only officer I’ve ever known to write a ticket and have the recipient thank him for it.  Robb spent years working in a specialized unit, that dealt with some tough investigations – which would faze most – but Robb was dedicated to helping others, and did the job with passion and the utmost professionalism, and always came home with a smile on his face.”

“He loved the people, he loved the variety of calls, but mostly he loved being able to deescalate an escalating situation.  I know he responded eagerly and willingly to that last call.”

“Robb was a dedicated family man.  My children were so fond of Robb that they that they affectionately referred to him as their “Faux-Pa”.  Robb’s mom was the most important woman in his life and Robb was extraordinarily proud of his daughters.”

“Sara absolutely loved her job, and went to work each shift committed to serving this great community,” her family said.

“We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and respectfully ask for privacy as we grieve.”