12/30/2015 12:42 EST | Updated 12/30/2016 05:12 EST

Dr. Andrew Chan Found Dead In Peterborough, Ont., Son Charged With Murder


PETERBOROUGH, Ont.— A southern Ontario community was mourning the loss of a well-known local doctor on Wednesday as his 19-year-old son faces murder charges.

Peterborough police said Dr. Andrew Chan, 50, was found dead in his home early on Monday morning. A woman was discovered at the same home and police said she is now in critical but stable condition.

Police did not identify the cause of death, but said they were first summoned to the scene after two separate calls about stabbings in the home.

Thomas Chan is now facing a murder charge, the degree of which will be determined by a crown attorney at a later date.

Shortly after news of the slaying broke, tributes began surfacing on social media.

"Shocked and saddened by the news of Dr.Chan's murder. He was a kind, kind man," wrote one Twitter user.

"Dr. Chan was an excellent doctor, a terrible loss. He will be missed," wrote another.

The Hong Kong-born Chan worked as a gastroenterologist at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, according to a biography on the hospital's website.

The biography said Chan obtained his early medical training in Liverpool, England before relocating to Canada in 1991.

He pursued specialist training at the University of Toronto and at Queen's University before opening his gastroenterology practice in 1996.

The biography described him as a "techy at heart" who stayed on top of innovations in his field.

His son Thomas earned some prominence in local media for success as a high school rugby player.

An April 2012 profile said Chan, then 15, had been named to the national under-17 team that had just completed competition in England. According to the article, his father had flown out to watch his son play.

The profile said Thomas Chan entertained dreams of being named to Canada's Olympic rugby team in 2016.