Homicide #20 – Torrid Murder Pace Continues in River City

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver

The torrid homicide pace continues…

On June 2, 2019 at 4:35 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Arlington Street and Notre Dame Avenue regarding a report of an assault.

On arrival, police located an injured man who was transported to hospital in critical condition.

The man has since succumbed to his injuries.

Police have not confirmed the man’s identity or a motive for the attack.

No suspects have been identified.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit.

Police are asking anyone with information that may assist the investigation to call investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


June 3, 2019

Police issue a news release identifying the victim as Justin Silicz (32) of Winnipeg.

The investigation is continuing.


June 28, 2019

Police issue a news release indicating they have made an arrest in this case.

On June 27, 2019, the Homicide Unit investigators arrested Keishawn Letrell Mitchell (19) and charged him with 2nd degree murder in connection with this investigation.

Mitchell was detained in custody.

Insider Commentary

The man killed in this attack is the 20th reported homicide victim of the year in the City of Winnipeg.

A total of 7 of the reported homicide cases remain unsolved – solvency rate = 65%.

(As many of these investigations are very much active, expect the solvency rate to dramatically improve over the next several weeks.)

In Winnipeg this year, two months have proven to be particularity deadly.

The City recorded a total of six (6) killings in the months of March and May.

Police often say there’s no way to predict or prevent homicides from occurring and do their level best to promote public safety and remain hopeful in the face of the violence.

Unfortunately, with another killing reported only days into to the month of June, any sense of optimism must be running very low.

A Bloody Sunday

Police previously issued a press release that included information regarding a number of violent calls they responded to on Sunday.

It is not clear if any of these incidents are connected.

WPS News Release

Homicide Statistics 

In 2018, the 20th homicide of the year was recorded on the 6th day of December.

In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 20th homicide of the year was recorded on the 16th day of July.

(On July 16, 2011 – the WPS investigated the arson related homicide of five people that included 4 men and 1 woman ranging in ages from 22 – 56. While this incident had a dramatic impact on the homicide statistics, 2011 would have been a record year for homicide regardless.)

2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 7
  • Stabbing – 7
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 4

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 17
  • Female – 3

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