Karen Boyle heard a scream.
It was 8:30 a.m. and Brookland Street was quietly getting ready for another hot doldrum of a day in Antigonish.
“It was a terrifying scream,” said Boyle a few hours after the incident.
Boyle, who was just returning home with her 22-year-old daughter and grandchildren, recalled freezing in her tracks and staring at her neighbour’s bungalow with its bright blue and yellow trim and overgrown front yard.
“Then she came running outside, shaking her hands and saying ‘help me, help me, my husband is trying to kill me,'” recalled Boyle.
The woman was bleeding from wounds to her hands she told Boyle she suffered when she grabbed the knife she alleged her husband was wielding.
Boyle called the police and then remembered the three-year-old girl who also lives next door and often comes over to play with her grandchildren.
She didn’t wait for the sirens.
“You don’t think when there’s a child involved, you just go,” said Boyle.
She walked in the open door with the mother.
“He was quiet, just pacing,” said Boyle of the husband.
She found the girl and together with the mother they went back to Boyle’s home.
There her own daughter, 22-year-old Jordan Wilmot, washed the mother’s blood off the girl, put on a cartoon and talked to her, trying to calm her down.
“She was nervous, she threw up twice,” said Jordan of the child.
“Physically she hadn’t been hurt.”
Looking at her mom as she held her child, Jordan said, “She’s a super hero – I wouldn’t have gone in there.”
For her part, Boyle shook her head.
“That’s not what this is about,” she said.
“This is very sad.”
As of noon on Wednesday the RCMP would only state that they have an ongoing investigation regarding an incident at 87 Brookland Street.
The house and yard were taped off and there was a cruiser out front and one out back on Wednesday.
Across the quiet small town street of single family homes, Gupreet Singh was running through the morning in his head.
After hearing the sirens at about 8:30 a.m. he said he looked out the window and saw his neighbor being handcuffed by police.
“Last evening I was talking to both of them and they all seemed well,” said Singh.
“They are a young couple, maybe in their 30s and we see them regularly. This is just shocking to us.”