Once the fire was extinguished, further examination revealed a deceased male within the residence.
The victim has been identified as Justin Harvey Chezick (42) of Winnipeg.
Police have not released a cause of death.
Members of the Homicide Unit continue to investigate.
Anyone with further information regarding the ongoing investigation is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Chezick is the 15th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
All but three (3) cases (80%) have been solved.
Police indicate Chezick’s cause of death is pending autopsy.
The autopsy will also determine the manner of death.
Was Chezick killed as a result of someone committing the unlawful act of arson or was the arson used to conceal or destroy evidence of unlawful acts of violence like blunt force trauma or an edged weapon attack?
The manner of death will give Police a great deal of insight into the mind and sophistication of the killer.
WORST CASE OF ARSON RELATED HOMICIDE IN YWG
On July 16, 2011 Lulonda Flett (36) intentionally set fire to the porch of an Austin Street rooming house in a vengeful criminal act aimed at two of her boyfriends relatives who she believed “snitched” on her to the Police.
That heinous act resulted in the senseless death of five (5) innocent victims who ranged in age from twenty-two (22) to fifty-six (56) years of age.
Flett plead guilty to five (5) counts of Manslaughter and received five (5) concurrent life sentences.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the (15th) homicide of the year;
2014 – August 17
2013 – July 31
2012 – May 17
2011 – May 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – August 12
2009 – July 10
2008 – May 16
2007 – July 20
2006 – Oct 1
2005 – July 16
2004 – July 12 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)