Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit Working Pair of January Killings

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The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit is working overtime in their bid to solve the first two reported murder cases of the year.

On January 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of St. Anne’s Road and Fermor Avenue.

Police report circumstances surrounding the traffic stop led officers to attend a residence in the 100 block of Manila Road in the city’s north end.

Officers subsequently located the body of a deceased adult male inside of a residence.

The victim was identified as Hossein Lotfi (77) of Winnipeg.

Lotfi once owned Joy Beauty Salon at 1045 Main Street until it closed in 2014 due to his wife’s deteriorating health.

Lotfi received the Mayor’s Biz award in 2015.

In an article published in the Winnipeg Free Press, Mayor Brian Bowman paid tribute Lotfi indicating;

Lotfi with Mayor Brian Bowman (Supplied)

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Parviz Lotfi. Mr. Lotfi was recognized as a leader and an individual who worked hard to make his community a better place to be. He was very active in the North End BIZ and upon meeting him, it was very easy to see his reputation for being friendly and cheerful. I¬†would like to convey my thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and the North End BIZ.”

Police have not released information regarding Lotfi’s cause of death.

No arrests have been made.

Lotfi is the first reported victim of homicide in the City of Winnipeg in 2018.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.

On January 18, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to the report of a woman injured in the 400 block of Furby Street.

Police attended and located a woman suffering a stab wound to her lower body. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

A second woman was located who suffered stab wounds to her upper body.

She was treated at hospital and later released.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, the WPS issued a press release indicating the victim in this incident succumbed to her injuries.

She was identified as Angel Beaulieu (22) of Winnipeg.

No arrests have been made.

Beaulieu is the second reported victim of homicide in the City of Winnipeg in 2018.

Insider Commentary;

In 2017, the first homicide of the year was recorded on January 3rd.

The second homicide of the year was recorded on January 19th.

The WPS investigated a total of 23 homicide cases in 2017.

All but one case was solved – solvency rate = 95.65%.

A total of four (4) women were victims of homicide in 2017.

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