The homicide story in Winnipeg isn’t getting any better.
On June 19, 2019, at approximately 7:00 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to the report of a deceased man in a park near Higgins Avenue and Maple Street.
Police are now saying the death is being treated as a homicide.
On June 20, 2019, the Winnipeg Police Public Information Office issued a press release identifying the victim as Gabriel Radford Coates (44) of Winnipeg.
The release indicates the WPS Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation and believe Coates may have been assaulted overnight or during the morning hours. Police are also asking businesses in the area to check for any video surveillance that may assist the investigation.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
No further information was released.
WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray stressed there really is no pattern or rational explanation to shed light on the inordinate number of murders the City has recorded to date;
“Some have been between people that knew each other, some have been between people who don’t know each other. Some of them involving family members; domestic in nature. Some have involved gang members. There really has been no common denominator that we’ve seen drive these homicides.”
The number of murders and frequency of the killings has undoubtedly put a strain on the WPS Homicide Unit who now struggle with a total of seven (7) unsolved homicide cases on their plates.
These investigations all remain active.
In 2018, as previously indicated, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.
In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.
In 2011, the 24th homicide of the year was recorded on the 5th day of August.
(The latest homicide clearly keeps the 2011 homicide record in play.)
2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 9
- Stabbing – 8
- Blunt Force Trauma – 2
- Not Disclosed – 5
Gender of Victims;
- Male – 21
- Female – 3
Homicide by the Month
- January – 3
- February – 2
- March – 6
- April – 2
- May – 6
- June – 5