In a brief media release yesterday, the Winnipeg Police Service announced the arrest of a Little Grand Rapids evacuee in connection with the death of his older brother.
On June 23, 2018, in the early morning hours, police indicate they attended a business in the 300 block of Smith Street where they located the body of a deceased man.
The victim was identified as Ryan Dunsford (26) of Little Grand Rapids.
Dunsford is believed to have died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Police report they’ve charged Dunsford’s younger brother, Roy Dunsford (20), also of Little Grand Rapids, with manslaughter in connection with the killing.
The accused killer was also charged with failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking x 2.
Dunsford was detained in custody.
Police report the accused killer and his brother were among the 1,000 or so residents evacuated from their community due to wildfires.
Police did not disclose the motive for the killing.
Ryan Dunsford is the 9th reported homicide victim of 2018.
This is not the first case of sibling homicide experienced by the community of Little Grand Rapids.
On June 11, 2013, the RCMP were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision in Little Grand Rapids.
The investigation revealed a woman had been struck by a vehicle and was later pronounced deceased.
The victim was identified as Madison Blossom McKay (22).
A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death was attributed to injuries sustained in the collision.
Pandora Nancy Owens (24), of Little Grand Rapids, sister of the victim, was charged with First Degree Murder due to her alleged involvement.
(At trial, evidence was heard that Owens ran over her sister with a pick up truck, exited the vehicle, kicked and stomped on her head and face several times and then reversed the vehicle backing over her.)
Owens was subsequently convicted of 2nd-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years.
During her sentencing, Justice Lori Spivak said, “The circumstances of this offence reflects a disturbing level of violence that was callous and gratuitous that must be sufficiently denounced and deterred.”
The Winnipeg Police Service has investigated a number of sibling homicide cases;
- 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.
*This list is not exhaustive…
2018 Homicide Statistics
- Male – 6
- Female – 3
Cause of Death
- Stabbing – 5
- Shooting – 1
- Blunt Force – 2
- Not Disclosed – 1
In 2017, the 9th homicide was recorded on April 10.
In 2017, the City recorded 13 homicides by June 23.
In 2017, the WPS Homicide Unit solved all but one case securing a solvency rate of 95%.