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Murder victim had ties to Okanagan

Police in Abbotsford have now identified the woman found murdered in her home Wednesday.

Leanne Friesen, 40, who grew up in Peachland, was found dead in her garage about 7:30 that evening.

Police say she had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Earlier that evening, police were asked to go to the home in the 34800 block of Cassiar Court in Abbotsford to check on Friesen's well-being.

It was at that time when police came upon her body.

Friesen's 40-year-old estranged husband Jeffrey Friesen was charged Thursday with 2nd degree murder.

He is being held in custody pending his first court appearance next Tuesday.

A tribute page for Leanne Friesen has been set up on Facebook.

Shane Melenko, a childhood friend of Friesen's set up the page and remembered her:

I was lucky enough to meet Leanne so very long ago. I remember driving to Peachland with my best friend Tyler and always having a great time with both Leanne and Tammy. Being 16 and carefree with no worries in life. She always had a smile that would brighten your day. Over the years we always seemed to reconnect and have lots of laughs. Hanging out at the mall or getting together for a drink. As time went on we would stay in touch and get caught up on all the things that had happened. Even though years would pass, it would seem like only days. Some 25 years had passed and we would keep in touch online and catch an occasional concert or group get together. I can honestly say that some of my best memories in my teenage years included her and her sister. Some great memories that I will cherish and hold onto forever.

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