On April 17, 2015, at 10:50 pm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service and EMS first responders attended the area of the 700 block of Selkirk Ave regarding the report of a stabbing.
Upon arrival, police located a man suffering from serious injuries inflicted during an edged weapon attack. Police administered first aid until Paramedics arrived and conveyed the victim to hospital.
The man was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Police have identified the victim as Godfrey Virgil Hayden (27) of Winnipeg.
Police indicate the Homicide Unit is investigating, interviews are ongoing and an autopsy is pending to confirm the cause of death.
A man purported to be the victim’s brother has published several emotional posts expressing his shock, sadness and grief regarding the killing.
Godfrey is the fifth (5th) Homicide victim reported in Winnipeg this year.
Police have solved three of the five homicides securing a 60% solvency rate.
HOMICIDE – AN UNPREDICTABLE CRIME
During my career as a WPS Homicide Unit supervisor, I was often contacted by the media requesting comment regarding homicide patterns or trends.
The response was always the same, homicide is an extremely difficult crime to prevent or predict.
Homicide stats from 2015 support that assessment.
A total of 54 days elapsed between homicide #3 (Ralph Boehnlein) which occurred on February 15, 2015 and homicide #4 (Myles Monias) which occurred on April 10, 2015.
A total of 7 days elapsed between homicide #4 (Myles Monias) which occurred on April 10, 2015 and homicide #5 (Godfrey Hayden) which occurred on April 17, 2015.
With such deviations between killings, predicting the number of homicides in any given year is a virtually impossible proposition.
In 2015, victims of homicide have been killed in blunt force attacks, shootings and stabbings.
The first victim of the year was beaten and left unconscious in the roadway only to be run over and killed by a drunk driver.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the fifth (5th) Homicide of the year;
2014 – April 9
2013 – April 13
2012 – Feb 14
2011 – Feb 5 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – April 24
2009 – Jan 31
2008 – Mar 26
2007 – Mar 9
2006 – Feb 20
2005 – April 10
2004 – March 24 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)