Police Investigate Christmas Day Killing

Winnipeg Police Information Officer Constable Jay Murray

The peace and tranquility of the holiday season was shattered earlier today when police were called to investigate the city’s latest homicide case.

On December 25, 2018, at 7:18 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the 400 block of Victor Street regarding the report of an injured man.

On arrival, the man was located and rushed to hospital in critical condition where he subsequently died from his injuries.

News reports indicate the man was the victim of a stabbing.

Police did not release the victim’s name or identify a motive in the killing.

No suspects have been reported and no arrests have been made in the case.


On December 27, 2018, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release providing further information regarding this incident.

Police have now identified the victim as Tyler Evan Smoke (26) of Winnipeg.

Police are asking the public to assist in determining the victim’s whereabouts prior to the homicide on Christmas Day.

Anyone who had contact with the victim or who can assist police in establishing a timeline regarding his recent activities is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508.

Police also made an appeal to anyone who may have video surveillance in the area of the 400 block of Victor Street to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

Update #2:

Friday, March 1, 2019

Police issue press release indicating the investigation revealed the victim had been attacked by several people and was robbed of his belongings.

On February 27, 2019, Homicide Unit investigators arrested two men.

On February 28, 2019, Homicide Unit investigators arrested an additional suspect.

Police identified the suspects as;

  • David Joseph Merasty (25)
  • Keenan Alexander Tom (25)
  • Michael Anthony Caribou (28)

All three alleged offenders have been charged with 2nd-degree murder and were detained in custody.

The annual solvency rate now stands at 95.45% as police have now solved 21 out of the 22 reported homicide cases in 2018.

Insider Commentary;

The man killed in the case represents the 22nd reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg in 2018.

In 2017, the City recorded a total of 23 homicides.

2017 WPS Annual Report

The WPS Homicide Unit solved all 23 homicides last year achieving a remarkable 100% solvency rate.

(Some media outlets are erroneously reporting the City recorded 21 killings last year.)

(In their Annual Report, the WPS erroneously report the City recorded a total of 24 homicides in 2017.)

(For some unknown reason, the WPS are including the 2016 homicide of Christine Wood in their 2017 homicide stats.)

2018 Homicide Statistics

This year, police have solved a total of 20 of the 22 reported homicide cases – solvency rate – 90%.

Stabbings continue to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;


  • Male – 16
  • Female – 5
  • Child – 1 (Male – 21 months)

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 12
  • Blunt Force – 6
  • Shooting – 3
  • Not Disclosed – 1

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