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River City Weekend Carnage Leaves Three Dead

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver – Photo JGJ

The Winnipeg Police Service are reporting the 34th, 35th and 36th homicides of the year after two unrelated incidents claimed the lives of three city residents.

On October 26, 2019 at 10:45 p.m., WPS officers responded to the report of a stabbing at a residence in the 100 block of Kinver Avenue.

On arrival, officers located two female victims, a 14 year old and an 18 year old.

Both victims were rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Police report the 18 year old girl has since been upgraded to stable condition, however, the 14 year old victim succumbed to her injuries.

“I was stunned. Every single homicide is a tragedy for the city, for the community, for the family and friends who know the person. Some are worse than others, and I think a 14-year-old being murdered is absolutely horrible. It took my breath away this morning.”

Police have not identified the deceased at this time.

Information received indicates the girls were stabbed at a Halloween party in the Tyndall Park neighborhood.

Winnipeg Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver expressed shock and sadness regarding the killing;

“I was stunned. Every single homicide is a tragedy for the city, for the community, for the family and friends who know the person. Some are worse than others, and I think a 14-year-old being murdered is absolutely horrible. It took my breath away this morning,” he said.

The girl killed in this incident is the 34th reported homicide victim of the year.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Police issues a press release indicating Homicide Unit investigators continued with the investigation and identified two suspects in this incident.

On October 28, 2019 the suspects were located and placed under arrest.

Investigators believe a dispute at a party at a residence escalated into a physical confrontation.

The following charges have been laid:

An 18 year old female of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • 2nd degree murder
  • Attempt to commit murder

A 16 year old female of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • 2nd degree murder
  • Attempt to commit murder

Both accused offenders were detained in custody.

Note:

Police are not permitted to release the identity of a young offender pursuant to limitations imposed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). (There are some exceptions to this rule.)

No such protection exists for an adult offender.

It’s not clear why police did not release the identity of the 18 year old female offender in this case.


On October 27, 2019, at 2:30, a.m., WPS officers responded to a medic call where two men were reported down in the rear lane of Ross Ave at Isabel Street.

On arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from serious upper-body injuries.

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver – Photo JGJ

The men were rushed to hospital in critical condition, however, both subsequently died from their injuries.

Carver declined to speculate on motive or cause of death at this point in the investigation.

(Sources indicate a firearm was involved in this case.)

The victims were not identified.

The men killed in this incident represent the 35th & 36th reported homicide victims of the year in Winnipeg.

No arrests have been made in either case.

Carver indicated the victims in this case were “known” to police.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:
Monday, October 28, 2019

Police issue press release identifying the victims in the double homicide as;

  • Edwin Adrian Harper (32)
  • Wayne Patrick Palidwor (62)

No other information was released.

The investigation is continuing by the Major Crimes Unit.


Insider Commentary
Winnipeg Homicide Scene – Photo JGJ

Of the 36 reported homicide cases investigated this year, police have solved all but 8 killings – the solvency rate currently stands at 77.77%.

A total of six (6) women have been victims of homicide this year.

In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.

All but one of the cases from 2018 has been solved – solvency rate = 95%.

In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 36th homicide of the year was recorded on December 3rd.

(These latest killings put Winnipeg back on track to surpass the record year for total homicide cases.)


Firearm-Related Homicide
Street Gang Colors – Photo JGJ

The City of Winnipeg is seeing a significant rise in firearm related homicide cases this year.

Thus far in 2019, the WPS has investigated a total of thirteen (13) firearm related homicide cases.

(The WPS has not confirmed a firearm was involved in the 35th & 36th killings of the year.)

Firearm related homicide often involves members of organized crime, street gangs or independent drug trafficking networks.

In 2018, the WPS investigated a total of three (3) firearm-related homicide cases, a 57% decrease from the previous year.

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.


2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 13
  • Stabbing –10
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 11

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 30
  • Female – 6

2019 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 2
  • March – 6
  • April – 2
  • May – 6
  • June – 5
  • July – 1
  • August – 3
  • September – 1
  • October – 7

2011 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 4
  • March – 2
  • April – 2
  • May – 5
  • June – 1
  • July – 6 – (Includes an incident where 5 people died in an arson-related incident.)
  • August – 6
  • September – 4
  • October – 2
  • November – 1
  • December – 5

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