Online fundraisers have been launched for the children of Natalie Bartlett, a 39-year-old Sarnia mother of two who died Thursday in a suspected homicide.
“We Called Her Natalie” is the title of a GoFundMe page launched on the weekend by Thomas Bartlett that had collected more than $32,000 as of Monday.
“I’m starting this page on behalf of my loving sister and her little girls,” he wrote on the website. “Natalie was tragically taken from us at the tender age of 39, leaving behind two young daughters. We want to help Laila, 11, and Isabelle, 8, through the difficult days that lie ahead.”
Sarnia police said a male suspect was taken into custody after a woman, found early Thursday with serious injuries at a home on Lee Court in Sarnia, was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police said later that day that Joseph Dominic DiCarlo, 45, of Lee Court in Sarnia was charged with first-degree murder. He’s set to appear Tuesday in Sarnia court.
The identity of the woman who died had not been released by police as of Monday morning, but police did say DiCarlo and the woman were known to each other.
A document from the Sarnia courthouse identified Natalie Bartlett as the victim.
Const. Giovanni Sottosanti said police investigators released the Lee Court home crime scene on the weekend.
Susan Truppe, a former Conservative MP in London who works for Ontario cabinet minister Lisa MacLeod, posted on Twitter: “This beautiful mom of two was my niece Natalie who had two beautiful little girls who will now grow up without a mother.”
She added in the same Twitter post, “A senseless death. We are all devastated.”
MacLeod posted a response on Twitter saying, “My love, thoughts and prayers go to Susan and her family. Violence again women remains tragic and must end.”
A second GoFundMe page set up on the weekend by Chelsie Abraham said Bartlett’s children are now living with their father in London.
It had raised nearly $6,500, as of Monday.
“Our hope is to raise $75,000 for Tyler and the children to help with child care expenses and startup education fund for the two girls,” the site said.
An obituary published Saturday asks those wishing to make a donation in Bartlett’s memory consider supporting the London Abused Women’s Centre.