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Ottawa Police confirm first homicide of 2014

Ottawa Police are now confirming the city's first murder of the year.

Police say a man and a child discovered the body of 43-year-old Jagtar Gill Wednesday afternoon in her home at 174 Brambling Way in Barrhaven.

A wind chime hanging on the porch of the two-story home broke the silence on the quiet street, where all of the driveways were meticulously shovelled. All of the homes in the area are part of a new development.

Most of the curtains were drawn shut in the home where Gill's body was found and a lone police car was parked out front for hours.

Neighbours say Gill's family was private and kept to themselves, although three children sometimes played outside in the summer.

Gill's death was a shock to neighbours like Nim who lives across the street.

"I was shocked when I came from work yesterday (Wednesday) and I saw police cars and ambulance," he told CFRA. "I found out later that somebody died in the house, so I was shocked."

"My wife, she couldn't sleep last night she was so scared and the kids as well," Nim added. "I told them to lock the door, and you know, just don't open the door to strangers and we have the alarm too."

Thuc lives a few doors down from the Gill house.

"Police came over and asked me the same questions, do you know what happened here? I said 'I don't know, I just saw the police cars.' I thought maybe (there was) a break in," he said.

"They asked if I know anything, if I see anything suspicious," Thuc added. "I was working all day."

Police are not releasing Gill's cause of death. They have interviewed several witnesses, including her husband. He has been ruled out as a suspect.

"We continue interviewing all sorts of witnesses that we can find," said Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt with Major Crimes. "We forensically examine the scene, and we work on the history of the victim and we try and piece together a cause, a motive for this."

Police do not have any suspects at this time. The home is not known to police.

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