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NORTH END DRUG HOUSE CLAIMS 1ST MURDER VICTIM OF 2014

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On January 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., WPS officers and other emergency personnel responded to a residence in the 200 block of Andrews Street regarding an injured male.

Upon arrival Police located a deceased male victim identified as Justin Desmarais (24) years.  The cause of death is unconfirmed pending autopsy, however, media reports suggest the victim died as a result of being stabbed multiple times.

Police indicate they believe Desmarais was involved in an altercation within the residence which is a nefarious location known for illicit drug activities.

Homicide investigators continue to interview witnesses.

No suspects have been identified at this point in the investigation.

Desmarais is the first Homicide victim in Winnipeg in 2014.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact members of the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

FACTOIDS:

Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the first Homicide of the year:

  • 2013 – Jan 24
  • 2012 – Jan 12
  • 2011 – Jan 6 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
  • 2010 – Mar 20
  • 2009 – Jan 11
  • 2008 – Jan 2
  • 2007 – Jan 16
  • 2006 – Jan 1
  • 2005 – Feb 5
  • 2004 – Feb 1 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)

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