The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit has made an arrest in another senseless downtown murder.
On July 5, 2016, at approximately 3:50 am, emergency personnel responded to the area of Portage Avenue and Donald Street regarding a report of an injured man.
The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries.
He was identified as Cyril Quentin Weenusk (26) of Oxford House, Manitoba.
Media reports indicated Weenusk travelled to Winnipeg to provide a medical escort for his father who is fighting cancer.
Weenusk was a father of four (4) young boys.
He was the 14th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
On July 13, 2016, Police issued a news release reporting a suspect had been identified in the killing.
Police advised an arrest warrant for 2nd degree murder had been obtained for Geordie Douglas Wood (22) of St. Theresa Point, Manitoba.
Wood was described as an Aboriginal male, dark hair and a slim build.
Police indicated a photograph of Wood was not available at the time of the news release.
(A two-year old photograph of Wood was found on FB however police did not find it suitable for release to the public.)
Police asked anyone with information regarding Wood’s whereabouts to contact investigators.
On July 16, 2016, Police issued a news release indicating Wood had been arrested at the Winnipeg Remand Centre where he was being detained on unrelated charges.
Those unrelated charges included allegations of assault, possession of stolen property and failing to comply with probation order x 2.
Wood was remanded back into custody.
Police sources indicate a further arrest may be pending.
The City of Winnipeg has recorded a total of 16 homicides so far this year.
A total of 3 killings remain unsolved – solvency rate 81%.
In 2015, the City of Winnipeg recorded the 16th homicide on August 22nd.