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Homicide Numbers in Winnipeg Troubling – Detectives Working Pair of Killings

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray (Photo JGJ)

The rising homicide rate in the City of Winnipeg is becoming a growing concern after the Winnipeg Police Service announced they’re investigating the 5th homicide case in the month of May.

(March still remains the deadliest month of the year after the WPS investigated a total of 6 homicide cases.)

On May 24, 2019, at approximately 5:20 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the 900 block of Greencrest Avenue regarding a report of suspicious circumstances.

March still remains the deadliest month of the year after the WPS investigated a total of 6 homicide cases.”

On arrival, police located the body of a deceased adult male.

Police have yet to identify the victim or provide information regarding a motive for the killing.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit who are asking anyone with information that may assist investigators to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Police issue an update identifying the victim as Pedram Roshaeian (26) of Winnipeg.

Police indicate Roshaeian died as a result of a gunshot wound.

There have been no arrests in this homicide.


On May 25, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m., members of the WPS responded to a residence in the 400 block of Simcoe Street regarding the report of an injured person.

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray (Photo JGJ)

On arrival, police located an adult female who had been stabbed.

The woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition and was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Police have yet to identify the victim or provide information regarding a motive for her killing.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit who are asking anyone with information that may assist investigators to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:

The WPS issues a press release identifying the female victim as Shaylnne Marie Hunter (25) of Winnipeg.

The investigation is continuing.


Update:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Police issue a press release indicating members of the Homicide Unit have arrested two suspects in this case.

Police have charged Diane Tamara King (18) & Tasha Laquette (22), both from Winnipeg, with 2nd degree murder in connection with this incident.

Both women were detained in custody.

In terms of motive, police indicated the women became involved in a verbal argument that turned physical.


Insider Commentary:

The man killed in the first incident is the 17th reported homicide victim of the year in the City of Winnipeg.

The woman killed in the second incident is the 18th reported homicide victim of the year in the City of Winnipeg.

Five (5) of the eighteen (18) reported homicide cases remain unsolved – solvency rate = 72%.


Homicide Statistics 

In 2018, the 17th homicide of the year was recorded on the 6th day of November.

In 2018, the 18th homicide of the year was recorded on the 10th day of November.

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

In 2011, the 17th homicide of the year was recorded on the 26th day of June.

In 2011, the 18th homicide of the year was recorded on the 16th day of July.


Record Pace

There is no denying, the City of Winnipeg is currently on pace to set a new homicide record for the current year.

The rising homicide numbers are troubling.

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray drew a nexus between the growing homicide rate, rising gun violence and the methamphetamine epidemic we are currently experiencing in our City.

He was reluctant to speculate regarding anticipated year-end homicide numbers, stressing homicide cases are difficult to prevent or predict.

He did suggest most homicide victims in Winnipeg are murdered by someone they know as opposed to being killed by strangers in random attacks.

I suppose there is some level of comfort in that knowledge.


2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 6
  • Stabbing – 7
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 3

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 15
  • Female – 3
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