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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLAIMS YOUNG WOMAN’S LIFE

Never Acceptable. Never Again.On October 8, 2015 at 8:00 am, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Flora Ave regarding a report of an injured person.

Upon arrival, a woman suffering serious injuries was located and transported to hospital in critical condition.

Police report the victim, Selena Rose Keeper (20) years of Winnipeg, subsequently died from her injuries.

Police say the investigation revealed a man and woman in their twenties attended a residence in the 400 block of Flora Ave where the man began repeatedly assaulting the victim in her upper body causing serious injuries.

Selena Keeper (FB)
Selena Keeper (FB)

Witnesses attempted to intervene, however, the assault continued and the victim was eventually left outside unresponsive.

Patrol members located the male suspect shortly after 1 p.m. in the area of the 500 block of Selkirk Ave.

Police report they have charged Ray William Everett (20) year of Winnipeg with 2nd degree murder due to his alleged involvement in the killing.

Everett was detained in custody.

Notifications to next of kin have been made.

Autopsy results are pending.

Police spokesman Constable Eric Hofley told The Police Insider Keeper and Everett, “Have been in a relationship for approximately five years.”

The Winnipeg Free Press reports Keeper attempted to obtain a protection order from Everett on May 19, 2015.  The order was denied.

In her application Keeper wrote, “I fear for my safety because I’m scared of what he will do if he ever seen me in public.”  She continued, “I’ve been hit, slapped, punched, choked, kicked through our whole relationship.” “I want to keep Ray away from me.”

No reasons for the denial of the order were provided in the Court of Queen’s bench file.

Keeper is the 18th reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.

INSIDER COMMENTARY

The Trend Continues…..

RCMP National Operational Review Report
RCMP National Operational Review Report

The RCMP National Operational Review Report (2014) indicated, “Female homicide victims generally know the person who kills them, more than 90% had a previous relationship with them.  This is true for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal female victims.”

The alarming trend continues.

The calls for a National Inquiry continue…

Political leaders still suggest some sort of “phenomena” exists regarding the murder of Aboriginal women when the evidence clearly points to domestic and family violence as the primary cause.

The time has come to stop playing politics with the lives of Aboriginal women.

The time has come for our Courts to start recognizing that violence against women must be strongly condemned and denounced.

The time has come for action.

SIDEBAR:

On October 7, 2015 The Police Insider noted 46 days had passed with no homicides occurring in the City of Winnipeg.

The Police Insider
The Police Insider

Sadly, Keeper was killed the next day.

FACTOIDS:

Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 18th homicide of the year…

2014 – Sept 20
2013 – Sept 20
2012 – July 6
2011 – July 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Sept 10
2009 – Aug 11
2008 – July 6
2007 – Sept 1
2006 – Oct 29
2005 – Aug 24
2004 – Aug 12 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)

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