Friends of teen who survived Anoka Street stabbing ‘stunned’ praying for recovery

The lovers of 19-year-old Catherine Ready say they are in shock as she spends nearly a week in hospital after a fatal stabbing at her family’s Alta Vista home.

Ready was taken to the trauma unit of Ottawa Hospital in the Civic Campus on June 27 with serious stab wounds and a gunshot wound after being assaulted outside the home on Anoka Street by 21-year-old Joshua Graves.

Graves had previously fatally stabbed her mother, 50-year-old Anne-Marie Ready, and her younger sister, 15-year-old Jasmine Ready.

When police arrived at the scene around 10:30 p.m., they found Graves, the son of the family’s neighbor, Ready in the road near the house.

Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), said three officers opened fire on Graves after he refused to drop his knife, killing him. Catherine Ready was also hit.

“Our hearts dropped when we found out,” said Katherine Sauvé, Ready’s high school friend.

CBC News has learned that Graves had a “romantic” interest in one of the victims, according to his own family, and had been charged with stalking and assaulting another 16-year-old woman just days earlier.

The SIU said on Tuesday that Ready was in serious but stable condition.

Yellow police tape can be seen across a residential street with police and SIU vehicles parked on either side.  A female police officer stands near the middle of the road.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the deadly police stabbing and shooting earlier this week on Anoka Street. (Stu Mills/CBC)

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Sauvé said she is still incredulous about that night, as are many others close to the family.

Sauvé and Ready went to high school in Franco-Cité Catholic High School, They graduated together in 2021. She said Ready returned to Canada a few years ago from Lima, Peru, where her mother worked in the Canadian embassy.

Sauvé described her friend as incredibly nice and said she would go to Ready if she needed help with school.

“She really had the brains…she’s so nice, open-minded,” she said.

A young woman in graduation robes poses with her diploma.
Catherine Ready can be seen at her graduation in 2021. (Submitted by Katherine Sauvé)

Ready was inseparable from her younger sister and very close to her mother, Sauvé said, and the trio often took long walks with their white terrier, Jenny.

She said the close-knit family also enjoyed having brunch together.

“I’m stunned, frankly,” she said. “It’s really hard to believe anyone would do that to her because she’s such a nice person.”

“We still can’t believe it.”

Nadia Larocque-Lauzon also went to high school with Ready and said they bonded through music and podcasts.

“She was always there for me,” said Larocque-Lauzon, who described her friend as sweet and friendly.

After graduation, Ready went on to study at the University of Ottawa. Larocque-Lauzon said she took psychology classes there and has a great interest in psychotherapy.

“It’s something I’m sure she’ll be good at,” she said.

Bundles of flowers adorn a front lawn.
On Thursday, the Ready family’s front yard on Anoka Street in the Alta Vista neighborhood of southern Ottawa showed bunches of flowers. Anne-Marie Ready, 50, and her daughter Jasmine Ready, 15, were stabbed to death in their home late Monday night. Catherine Ready, 19, survived. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

“Hopefully she gets through this”

Sauvé and Larocque-Lauzon said they would like to visit their friend in the hospital, but so far they have not been able to see her.

“It’s going to take a long time [for Catherine] to deal with this,” said Sauvé. “Hopefully with our support, she will get through this.”

Family neighbors left flowers and condolences on the Ready family’s lawn this week. Relatives and friends will also hold a vigil for the family on Saturday evening.

Both Sauvé and Larocque-Lauzon, meanwhile, pray for Ready’s recovery and survival.

“I’m putting it in God’s hands,” Larocque-Lauzon said.

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