On June 11, 2013 at approximately 5:00 am, Little Grand Rapids RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle / pedestrian collision in Little Grand Rapids.
Investigation revealed a woman had been struck by a vehicle and was later pronounced deceased.
The victim has been identified as Madison Blossom Mckay (22).
A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death has been attributed to injuries sustained to the motor vehicle collision.
Pandora Nancy Owens (24), of Little Grand Rapids, sister of the victim, has been charged with First Degree Murder due to her alleged involvement in the incident. Owens was detained in custody and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on June 13, 2013.
The investigation is ongoing.
Homicides are tragic events. The tragedies are multiplied exponentially when the killer and victim are siblings. In these cases, the family has to deal with the loss of a loved one and at the same time, try to reconcile the fact another loved one is charged with murder and is likely facing a significant period of incarceration. As WPS PIO Jason Michalyshen once put it, “There’s simply nothing worse.”
Little Grand Rapids is a small community located approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
First Degree Murder is the most serious charge in the Criminal Code of Canada and carries a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for twenty-five (25) years.
This is the second vehicular Homicide investigated by the RCMP within the past few weeks.
On May 29, 2013, just after 4:00 am, Island Lake RCMP received a report of a deceased male on the main road in Wasagamack First Nation. Witness reports and evidence collected at the scene indicated the man had been struck by a vehicle.
The victim was identified as Leevan Johnson Harper (19) from Wasagamack First Nation.
RCMP investigation resulted in the arrest of Trevor Ronnie Knott (18) who was charged with Second Degree Murder regarding the incident.
Cases where siblings kill each other are not all that rare in Manitoba.
In August 2010, Sesar Edgardo Romero (24) fatally stabbed his half-brother Nathan Kayseass (24). Second Degree Murder charges were laid in the case, however, Romero plead guilty to Manslaughter and received a seven (7) year sentence.
In September 2010, Nebula Niome Moloi-Straightnose (21) fatally stabbed her sister Paige Chelsea Moloi-Straightnose (18). Manslaughter charges were laid in the case.
In October 2012, Justin Larche (23) fatally stabbed his brother Christian Larche (25). Larche recently plead guilty to Manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing.