Mother pleads for help in finding suspect in her son's murder
FALMOUTH, N.S. -- There hasn't been a lot of light lately in the home Diana Hachey shares with her partner and spouse Trevor McKay.
Hachey's still adjusting to a new reality -- a life without her son.
Wednesday marks two weeks since she received the terrible news from her daughter that her 29-year-old, son Nathan Gallant, had been badly injured and rushed to hospital.
She and McKay left Falmouth, N.S., immediately for Saint John, N.B., and she says it was the longest five-hour drive of her life.
"There's been other incidents before, you know, when your kid gets hurt, you don't feel like it's really that bad," Hachey said. "This time, I had a terrible feeling."
She was right, as Gallant had already died by the time they arrived.
"I said, 'He's not dead; he can't be dead.' They said, 'We're sorry.'"
Gallant had been stabbed multiple times and left along a road in Fairfield, about a half hour from Saint John, on July 8.
Almost immediately, police were seeking 20-year-old Tyler Gamblin as a "person of interest" in the case.
A week later, Gamblin was charged with second-degree murder, and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.
"You know, at the end of the day, the family just wants justice for Nathan," McKay said. "It's a very violent death."
Police have told the family Gallant was stabbed six times, but they've had few other details.
Investigators say the focus now is finding the suspect.
"We want to remind people that it is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada if you know where he is, and you're assisting him in his evasion from police," said New Brunswick RCMP spokeswoman Const. Isabelle Beaulieu. "So, once again, we're asking for the assistance from the public, but stay away from this person."
Gallant, who served in the Canadian Armed Forces before working construction, had a huge circle of friends.
"He loved everybody, he loved the world," Hachey said. "He wanted to be loved."
Some have told the family Gamblin was only an acquaintance.
Hachey hopes someone will do the right thing.
"But do you think doing this is going to come out good?" Hachey said. "It's not going to come out good."
For now, the loved ones of Nathan Gallant can only wait for information to start the wheels of justice rolling, hoping someone will shed some light during a very dark time.