It didn’t take long for WPS Homicide Detectives to make a collar on the most recent of three (3) Canada Day Long weekend killings.
This morning, Police announced the arrest of Naomi Shianne Ross (18) who has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder due to her alleged involvement in one of the killings.
Police previously reported responding to a “check the well-being” call on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in the area of the 300 block of Langside Street, a Winnipeg street once designated as one of the most dangerous streets in North America.
Upon arrival, Police located a man who was the victim of a serious assault. The man, now identified as Brian O’Donnell (68) was rushed to hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries.
Police report O’Donnell was confronted near his residence and stabbed.
Ross was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
The investigation continues….
Of the thirteen (13) murders reported in 2013, all but one (1) have been solved. This translates to a proficient 92% solvency rate.
The manner of death in these cases vary with edged weapons being the predominant instrument used. In 2013, eight (8) victims have been stabbed to death, three (3) victims were shot to death and (2) victims died as a result of beatings or blunt force injuries.
Naomi Ross is the second teenaged female charged with Murder in 2013. On June 25, 2013, a seventeen (17) year old female was charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Jesse Wapash (19).
As evidenced by this weekend, Murder is an extremely unpredictable crime.
The City of Winnipeg continues to lead the Country in violent crime statistics and has recently reported a significant number of stabbing incidents.. Homicides rates in Winnipeg would be significantly higher if it were not for extraordinary life saving efforts made by medical professionals who staff our Hospital emergency departments.
Homicide Detectives frequently enjoy periods of relative calm created by time and space between Homicide events. While these periods of calm are cherished and necessary for rejuvenation, Homicide Investigators are keenly aware of how fragile that sense of tranquility can be.