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Police Seeking Alleged Killers in 2nd Homicide of Year

WPS Public Information Officer Cst Jason Michalyshyn (Photo JGJ)

One suspect is in custody and Police are seeking two other suspects in connection with the 2nd homicide of the year.

On January 19, 2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of Sherbrook Street to check the well-being of an individual at that location.

Upon arrival, police located a deceased adult male.

The victim was identified as Trenton Jeffrey Balonyk (38).

Police released few details at the time of the killing.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the WPS Public Information Office issued a press release announcing the arrest of Brendon Bo Severight (24) who was arrested on January 28, 2017.

Severight was charged with 1st degree murder and several weapon related offences due to his alleged involvement.

He was detained in custody.

Police indicate the investigation revealed the victim encountered three (3) suspects while at the Sherbrook Street location at which time he was seriously assaulted.  Police say that assault resulted in the victim’s death.

(Police sources indicate drugs may have been a factor in the killing.)

Police advise arrest warrants for 1st degree murder have been issued for two alleged killers who were identified as:

Luke Blair Moar (31) (WPS Handout)

Moar is described as Aboriginal, 5’9″ tall and weighs 210 pounds.

Ryan Ralph Flett (25) (WPS Handout)

Flett is described as Aboriginal, 6’1″ tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Police are asking anyone with information that may assist the investigation or has information regarding the whereabouts of the subject males to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Update;

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the WPS Public Information Office issued a press release indicating both Moar and Flett had been taken into custody.

Both men were detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.


Insider Commentary;

On June 11, 2013, the WPS issued a press release regarding a stabbing investigation.

Brendan Bo Severight (20) was arrested at the scene of the incident and was charged with Robbery with a weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose & Breach of Probation.

He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.

It seems Severight’s propensity for violence has finally caught up to him.

WPS Media Release – Brendan Bo Severight

Factoids;

In 2016, the WPS investigated a total 24 homicide cases and solved all but 3 cases – solvency rate = 87.5%.

In 2016, the 2nd homicide case of the year was recorded on January 12.

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