After relative calm during the first two weeks of April, the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit is working overtime after catching two murder cases within the last three days.
On April 18, 2019, at approximately 3:10 a.m., police responded to the area of the rail line in the 1000 block of Selkirk Avenue regarding the report of a man who had been seriously assaulted.
On arrival, officers located an unresponsive male.
The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.
Police did not disclose the victim’s identity, the cause of death or a motive for the attack.
On April 19, 2019 the WPS issued a press release identifying the victim as Joselito Fernandez (53) of Winnipeg.
The release indicates Fernandez had been shot.
WPS Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray indicated Fernandez was “not known to police.”
(“Not known to police” is police vernacular indicating a person had no previous police involvement or criminal record.)
Homicide investigators are asking the public for their assistance.
Anyone in the area that has access to video surveillance or may have heard or seen something unusual overnight is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508.
Any information that may assist investigators can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Fernandez is the 13th reported homicide victim of the year.
Police have solved 9 of the 13 reported homicide cases this year – solvency rate 69%.
In 2018, the 13th homicide of the year was recorded on September 22nd.
In 2017, the 13th homicide of the year was recorded on June 21st.
In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.
That year, the 13th homicide of the year was recorded on May 14th.
Escalating Gun Violence
Constable Murray expressed some concern regarding the number of firearm related homicide cases the WPS have investigated this year.
That number currently stands at 6.
In 2018, the WPS investigated a total of three (3) firearm-related homicide cases.
In 2017, police investigated a total of seven (7) firearm-related homicide cases.
In 2016, police investigated a total of five (5) firearm-related homicide cases.
Selkirk Avenue – A Tale of Death & Destruction
Is Selkirk Avenue one of the most dangerous streets in the City of Winnipeg?
It’s a question we posed after police investigated a murder on the notoriously violent street on March 8th of this year.
The Police Insider reported on the outrageous violence occurring on Selkirk Avenue a couple of years ago.
This case adds yet another tragic statistic to the story.
2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 6
- Stabbing – 3
- Blunt Force Trauma – 1
- Not Disclosed – 3
Gender of Victims;
- Male – 11
- Female – 2