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Police Investigating Homicide #11 – Woman Killed in Southdale

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver (Photo JGJ)

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit is investigating homicide #11 – 2019.

On March 26, 2019, at approximately 10:45 a.m., WPS East District Patrol Officers attended a residence in the 100 block of Rockcliffe Road regarding a 911 call.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult female victim suffering from severe injuries.

The woman was conveyed to hospital in critical condition and subsequently died.

Police did not identify the victim in the case and declined to comment on a motive.

WPS Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver did not rule out domestic violence as a contributing factor in the case.

The WPS Homicide Unit is leading the investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that might assist the investigation to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:

Friday, March 29, 2019

Police issue a press release identifying the victim as Lise Danais (51) of Winnipeg.

No further information was released.


Insider Commentary;

“I don’t think you can have any particular take away, its tragic for the City, any number of homicides is tragic, this is a lot, it makes Winnipeggers ask, “Is the City safe?” 

The woman killed in this incident represents the 11th reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg this year.

Police have solved a total of eight (8) of the eleven (11) reported cases this year.

Solvency rate = 72.27%.

(Several of these cases are considered recent and what police would call “active” investigations.)

“What does this say about Winnipeg that this is the 11th homicide?”

It was a question Carver anticipated but wasn’t asked by the media. That didn’t stop him from answering it;

“Unfortunately, my answer is that it really says nothing, and maybe that’s a good thing.”

I can tell you that these aren’t risks to the public, this is not like there was a gang feud where people are being killed because of an underlying public threat, but its a high number for sure.”

Carver went on to stress the killings are almost entirely unrelated in that they are not connected geographically, they are not connected in terms of being gang or criminally related and are not connected in terms of being drug or methamphetamine related.

“By the nature of homicides, they’re random,” Carver said.

He went on to add context;

“I don’t think you can have any particular take away, its tragic for the City, any number of homicides is tragic, this is a lot, it makes Winnipeggers ask, “Is the City safe?”

He continued;

“I can tell you that these aren’t risks to the public, this is not like there was a gang feud where people are being killed because of an underlying public threat, but its a high number for sure.”


March Madness;

This is the sixth (6th) reported homicide case in the month of March.

While disturbing, no records are being set here.

In 2004, the WPS investigated 7 homicides in the month of October.

The year ended with a total of 34 homicides, a record number of killings at the time.

In 2011, the WPS investigated 6 homicides in the month of July, however, five (5) of those homicides were the result of a single incident, an arson-related killing that claimed the lives of 4 men and 1 woman. Lulonda Flett subsequently plead guilty to 5 counts of manslaughter in a plea bargain that resulted in her receiving a sentence of fewer than 18 months per victim.

In 2004, the 11th homicide was reported on June 10th, a total of 76 days later than the current year.


Homicide Statistics

In 2018, the 11th homicide of the year was reported on July 15 – a full 111 days later than the current year. The year ended with a total of 22 homicides.

In 2017, the 11th homicide of the year was reported on June 17 – a total of 83 days later than the current year. The year ended with a total of 23 homicides.

In 2011, the WPS investigated a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 11th homicide of the year was recorded on April 29th – a total of 34 days later than the current year.

These numbers are causing people to speculate that 2019 may very well be a record-setting year for homicides in our City.


2019 Homicide
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 5
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 1
  • Not Disclosed – 5
Gender of Victims;
  • Male – 9
  • Female – 2
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