On Tuesday, December 24, 2013, Little Grand Rapids RCMP officers along with Major Crimes and Forensic Identification Units initiated an investigation after a twenty-seven (27) year old man was found unresponsive in a home on the Pauingassi First Nation.
The man was reported to have suffered undisclosed injuries and subsequently died at a local nursing station.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death was scheduled to take place on Boxing Day.
The RCMP have not released any information regarding the mans identity or if they have identified any suspects in the killing.
Pauingassi is located approximately 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
If foul play is confirmed in the killing, this would be the twenty-first (21st) Homicide investigated by the RCMP this year.
In 2012, the RCMP investigated a total of nineteen (19) killings.
On May 21, 2013, the RCMP investigated the murder of a nineteen (19) year old man who was killed on the Pauingassi First Nation. It is believed the man was stabbed to death in a violent confrontation. The RCMP subsequently charged a fifteen (15) year old Pauingassi youth with Second Degree Murder in connection with the killing.
It’s cases like these that inspired me to write the story “Joy To the World – Maybe not so Much for Police, Fire and EMS Workers.”
The Christmas experience for the Officers working this case will be forever altered. Memories of Peace, Love and the warmth of the Christmas Season will be altered by graphic memories and images of a deceased young man, a violent crime scene, painful death notifications and difficult witness & suspect interviews.
Police management is only beginning to recognize the emotional damage and long-term mental health impacts that exposure to these types of tragic incidents can cause.