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Pair appear before judge on charges of murdering Hammonds Plains mother

Nadia Marie Gonzales, 35, was stabbed to death Friday night at an apartment in Dartmouth. Samanda Rose Rich, 19, and Calvin Joel Maynard Sparks, 23, face charges of first-degree murder, attempting to murder a man named John Patterson and possession of a weapon (a knife) for a dangerous purpose.
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Two people charged with murder in the stabbing death of a Hammonds Plains mother hid their faces from photographers as they were led into the Dartmouth courthouse Monday.

Halifax Regional Police found Nadia Marie Gonzales, 35, dead Friday evening inside an apartment at 33 Hastings Dr. in south-end Dartmouth.

A 69-year-old man was seriously injured in the incident. He was found on the lawn of a school across the street from the apartment building, a witness said.

Samanda Rose Rich, 19, of Halifax and Calvin Joel Maynard Sparks, 23, of Dartmouth face charges of first-degree murder, attempting to murder John Patterson and possession of a weapon (a knife) for a dangerous purpose.

Sparks is also charged with breaching probation.

Sources told Local Xpress the incident was drug-related.

A sheriff’s deputy sat between the pair during their brief appearance in Dartmouth provincial court. Rich’s left hand was in a cast.

Lawyer Peter Kidston represented Rich, while Eugene Tan was present for Sparks.

The case will return to court July 24, when dates will be set for a preliminary inquiry.

Judge Dan MacRury remanded Rich and Sparks to the Dartmouth jail. If they want bail, they will have to make an application in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Forensic officers continued to process evidence at the homicide scene Monday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to accept donations for Gonzales’ two daughters.

In an obituary, Gonzales’ family said she was “a caring, selfless, loving soul who would do anything for anyone. She adored animals and rescued many of them, as she could not endure to see anything suffer.

“We will deeply miss her infectious laughter and beautiful smile. We are heartbroken beyond repair that our ray of sunshine has set so bitterly soon.”

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Atlantic Funeral Home in Lower Sackville.



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