A man has been charged with murder after he strangled his wife and murdered his two minor children in Montreal, Canada on Oct. 17.

The accused, identified as Kamaljit Arora, a 45-year-old Indian-origin Canadian Sikh, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault causing bodily harm after he allegedly killed his son and daughter, who were 11 and 13, and allegedly strangled his wife, Rama Rani Arora, at their residence in the Laval neighborhood of Ste-Dorothee, north of Montreal on Oct. 17, India Today reported.

The couple's eldest daughter was the first to alert authorities about the horrific incident. According to neighbor Annie Charpentier, when she was coming home from work, the teenager came to her door, asking her to call 911.

"The young girl came out in crisis telling me, 'I need a phone, I need a phone,'" she recounted.

Following this, officers who were alerted about the incident responded to the scene. When police arrived at the home, they discovered an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl in critical condition inside the residence. The children were immediately rushed to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, Hindustan Times reported.

Their father was also taken to the hospital in critical condition under police custody. His condition is now stable.

Arora's arraignment was postponed on Tuesday as the judge determined he was not fit to appear in court. The court was told that the accused has been unable to communicate since his arrest on Monday night. The court was told that the situation would change by the time he is due back in court Wednesday morning to formally face the charges.

Meanwhile, Laval Mayor Stephane Boyer offered his condolences to the family on Twitter. He stated that "all of Laval is in mourning."

"It's hard to understand how such a tragic event could happen," he said.

"What I want to say to people is if there's something in your life going on, don't wait, call. There's a line in Laval, 2-1-1, that you can call. Whatever the problem is, there are people on the other end that can be there to help," Boyer added.

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