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Tremblay guilty in deaths of two teen girls

Martha Hernandez (left) and her friend Kayla Lalonde - Facebook photo
Martha Hernandez (left) and her friend Kayla Lalonde
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A Richmond man has been found guilty of criminal negligence causing the deaths of two teenaged girls who died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs.

Martin Tremblay, a convicted sex offender, was also found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice and not guilty on a second count, according to media reports.

On March 2, 2010 at around 12:40 a.m. Burnaby RCMP were called to the 4000-block of Rumble Street after two Good Samaritans driving by found Kayla Lalonde, a 16-year-old Vancouver resident, in medical distress. She did not survive.

Later that same morning, at about 9 a.m., Richmond RCMP responded to a call of a youth being in medical distress at Tremblay's home on Smith Crescent in the East Richmond community of Hamilton. The 17-year-old girl in that case, Martha Jackson Hernandez, also died.

The two girls were friends and both attended Whytecliff Agile Learning Centre in Burnaby, a school for troubled youth. They died after attending a party at Tremblay's home where he supplied them with methadone and alcohol.

When the girls passed out, Tremblay left the house, returning hours later to find Lalonde in medical distress, said reports of the court case. But instead of calling 911, he called a friend to transport her to Burnaby where she was dumped on the street.

It was another person in the house who called 911 for Hernandez but by then, she had already died.

Tremblay is also facing seven charges related to sexual offences involving four girls ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old.

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