Photo of family violently attacked in south Ottawa begins to emerge

Three days after a woman and her two teenage daughters were stabbed in their south Ottawa home – killing two of them – a clearer picture of family is beginning to surface.

Anne-Marie Ready, who worked at Global Affairs Canada, was killed in Monday night’s attack at the home she owned on Anoka Street with her 15-year-old daughter, Jasmine Ready.

They had both received black belts together in a recent ceremony at Douvris Martial Arts, according to master sensei John Douvris, the company’s co-founder.

“Anne-Marie and Jasmine were caring, compassionate, energetic and supportive people,” Douvris wrote in a statement emailed Thursday.

« Their beautiful smiles and kind laughter have made our dojo and our karate community a better place. They will be sorely missed…Our entire karate family mourns this inexplicable and tremendous loss. »

Anne-Marie Ready, 50, was a trade commissioner for the Caribbean Engagement Division of Global Affairs Canada, according to her LinkedIn page online. She had worked in the department since 2017.

In an email to CBC, Global Affairs spokesman Jason Kung said the department was aware of the « tragic death » of an employee and was seeking to support loved ones and colleagues.

« We send our deepest condolences, as well as our thoughts to the family, loved ones and all loved ones of the deceased, » Kung wrote.

Prior to 2017, Anne-Marie Ready worked at the Canadian Embassy in Peru and the Canadian High Commission in Barbados, according to her work history online.

Raywat Deonandan, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa who knew her but hadn’t spoken to her in several years, said he had « great memories of a brilliant, caring woman. »

« I have always found her to be extremely intelligent and insightful, as well as a devoted mother, » he said.

The girls were recent students at the neighborhood high school

Jasmine Ready had just completed her 10th grade at the Francophone Catholic secondary school Franco-Cité in their Alta Vista neighborhood.

Her older sister, Catherine Ready, 19, survived the attack. She was taken to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Trauma Unit with multiple serious stab wounds and a gunshot wound – the latter sustained when three Ottawa police officers shot and killed her aggressor.

Catherine Ready is a student at the University of Ottawa, according to her social networks. She graduated from Franco-Cité last year, according to Center East Catholic School Board, who released a statement about the two teenagers on social media.

Jasmine Ready had just completed her 10th year at the Franco-Cité Francophone Catholic secondary school. The Council of Catholic Schools of Centre-Est posted this photo on Facebook on Wednesday. (Central East Catholic School Board/Facebook)

The council wrote in French that its community « is in shock following the tragedy which occurred on Monday in one of our own families ».

« We invite you to join us in prayer, so that they find the comfort they need to get through this ordeal, » the statement said.

The three stabbed victims are of Guyanese origin.

The girls’ father is expected to arrive in Ottawa today, according to family friends.

Groups of teenage girls wear prom dresses and high school graduation gowns.
Catherine Ready, 19, poses with her friends Nadia Larocque-Lauzon (long red hair) and Katherine Sauvé (brown hair tied back) at her graduation, left, and prom, right, in 2021. (Submitted by Karin Watson)

Ongoing investigations

Ottawa police continue to investigate the triple stabbing.

Relatives of the killer, Joshua Graves, 21, told CBC News he was interested in one of the girls and was told not to contact her.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Police Watchdog is investigating the fatal police shooting of Graves, as well as the shooting of Catherine Ready.


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