Kelowna Man Charged with Murdering Wife and Two Young Daughters
Theirs was a whirlwind romance.
Six months after Clara and Jacob Forman first met in January 2005, they started dating. They were engaged by the end of October and married three weeks later, on Nov. 11 at sunset.
After they married, Clara left everything and everyone she knew in Mexico and came to Canada to build a life with the man she called in Facebook posts her best friend, the love of her life, and the man who understood her best.
“God blessed our feeble efforts with good jobs, good friends, a great church family and most importantly, 2 of the best little humans a couple of people could ask for. 10 years later you are still the person I want to grow old with,” she wrote on their 10th anniversary.
On Wednesday, Jacob was charged with the second-degree murders of Clara and their two daughters, eight-year-old Karina Anne and seven-year-old Yesinia Kate. The three were found dead in their home on Bolotzky Court in the Rutland area of Kelowna on Tuesday. According to court records, they were killed on Dec. 17.
Jacob, who has been ordered to remain in custody, appeared in provincial court in Kelowna on Thursday afternoon, and will be back on Jan. 18.
Kelowna RCMP Const. Lesley Smith, who did not confirm the identities of the deceased, described the event as “an isolated incident.”
Those who knew the family have been left in shock.
Jeff McLeod, a neighbour, told the Kelowna Daily Courier that the family had lived in their home on Bolotzky Court for about a “year or less.”
“They pretty much stuck to their own, never attracted attention, so I never paid them that much attention,” McLeod said.
Jacob Forman’s Facebook page is filled with pictures of him with his wife and two daughters.
“You’d see two girls … playing outside once in a while. That’s about it,” McLeod said.
Another neighbour, who lives on the same side of the street as the Forman home and didn’t want his name published, said he didn’t speak to the parents much, but saw the two girls regularly.
He said they seemed happy — when he shovelled snow into a pile in the winter they would come out and play, and they rode their bikes on the street in the summer.