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Father of 3 children killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo taser, charged day before death – Toronto

The father of three children killed by a drunk driver in a 2015 accident in Vaughan was shocked and charged by Peel Region Police the day before he died by suicide.

Peel Regional Police confirmed to Global News that officers visited Edward Lake’s home after a call about an altercation.

“Although there is no indication that the call was directly related to mental health, the officers who were present were appropriately briefed on Mr. Lake’s story,” said Const. Heather Cannon, spokeswoman for Peel Police, said.

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Lake’s three children were killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo in a 2015 accident in Vaughan.

Daniel Neville-Lake, nine, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville were killed in the crash.

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The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were seriously injured.

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On Monday, the day after Father’s Day, Lake was found dead.

Peel Police say when police arrived at Lake’s home on Sunday, an “altercation” took place between the father and officers. As a result, a Taser was used and paramedics were called to the scene, police said.

Lake was charged with one count of assault and turned over to paramedics, according to Peel Police. He was taken to hospital and discharged.

Peel Regional Police told Global News there was no further interaction with Lake once he was taken to hospital.

Police said they had been to Lake’s residence before, but for privacy reasons, details of previous calls were not shared.

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On Sunday, the mother of three, Jennifer Neville-Lake, posted a photo on social media showing their grave.

“Father’s Day 2022. This shouldn’t be real. This is not possible,” the tweet read.

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Late Monday, Neville-Lake also tweeted about her husband’s passing.

“The father of my children, Edward Lake, has joined our children so they can play together, forever,” she wrote.

Lake said in a statement during Muzzo’s sentencing that he had suffered from suicidal thoughts and anxiety since the crash.

In February 2021, Muzzo was granted full parole.

— With files from Ryan Rocca of Global News

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance. For a directory of support services in your area, visit Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Learn more about how to help someone in crisis on the Government of Canada website.

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