On March 31, 2022 at around 3:30 a.m., Red Deer RCMP were called to a structure fire on 39 St. in the West Park neighbourhood. Emergency crews on scene determined the fire originated in the basement unit of the multi-unit dwelling. A male and a female were located inside the unit and transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 21-year-old female succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The male was later released from hospital and subsequently arrested.

As a result of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigation, 37-year-old Raymond Richard of Red Deer has been charged with first degree murder and arson. Richard was remanded and is scheduled to appear at Red Deer Provincial Court on April 7, 2022.

The cause of death will not be released.