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Woman Slain in Balmoral Street Homicide

WPS PIO Constable Tammy Skrabek – Photo JGJ

On September 21, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the report of an injured woman at a residential building in the 500 block of Balmoral Street.

On arrival, police located a deceased woman inside a building.

Norma Helen Andrews – FB

The victim has been identified as Norma Helen Andrews (28) years of Winnipeg.

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.

Information regarding cause of death or motive for the killing has not been released

No suspects have been arrested.


Insider Commentary;

Andrews is the 29th reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.

Police have solved all but 4 of the 29 cases – solvency rate = 86%.

A total of four (4) women have been killed in homicide cases this year.

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

In 2018, a total of five (5) women were killed in homicide cases.

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

In 2011, a total of ten (10) women were killed in homicide cases.

In 2011, the 29th homicide of the year was recorded on the 24th day of August.


Update:

Friday, October 4, 2019

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver

Police issue a media release indicating charges have been laid in this case.

On October 3, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for 2nd degree murder for a suspect in the case. Later that day, police arrested the man identified as Jesse Jordan Gamblin (20) of Winnipeg.

The arrest warrant was executed and Gamblin was subsequently detained in custody.

Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver indicated the victim died from, “severe upper body trauma”, but declined to confirm if a weapon was used.

Carver indicated the victim may have known the accused killer but their connection was “minimal.”

He refuted media suggestions the victim was involved in the sex trade indicating, “That’s not the information that I have when I was briefed by Homicide this morning, um, I’ve heard that rumor, that’s not the interaction that we have or the understanding we have.”

Carver confirmed the WPS have solved all but 3 of the 29 reported homicide cases under investigation this year.

That translates to a solvency rate of 89.65%.

Carver told media outlets that Homicide investigators continue to ask for the public’s assistance in this investigation.

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


Update II

October 7, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press crime reporter Ryan Thorpe publishes a story suggesting Andrew’s accused killer should have been in jail at the time of her killing.

Jesse Jordan Gamblin (FB)

Thorpe learned the accused killer, Jesse Jordan Gamblin (20), had been charged with five (5) different crimes in four (4) separate incidents in the months leading up to Andrew’s killing.

Thorpe put the timeline together;

February 7, 2019

  • Gamblin charged with assault with a weapon and theft under $5,000 after he attempted to steal a home stereo from a local pawn shop
  • He was subsequently released on a promise to appear

March 1, 2019

  • Gamblin charged with fail to comply with court orders and is subsequently released from custody (Details of release are not yet known.)

March 13, 2019

  • Gamblin charged with aggravated assault in a horrific attack on a woman who he allegedly hacked with a machete. The woman, who was a friend, who had previously offered him shelter when he was homeless. The woman was sleeping at the time of the attack.
  • Court records indicate she escaped by crawling through a broken bedroom window.
  • The victim suffered 10 stab wounds to her chest, torso, hands and pelvis that required a total of 20 staples and 5 sutures.

Release:

  • The Crown opposed Gamblin’s release citing a “horrible record of violence” however, his defense attorney argued for his release to the Behavioural Health Foundation, a long term residential program for people with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues…
  • (Its important to note the BHF is not a secure facility and people frequently walk away from the program.)
  • Judge releases Gamblin to the BHF with a series of conditions (Date of release not yet known)
  • Gamblin leaves BHF violating conditions of his release (Date he left program not yet known)

September 5, 2019

  • Gamblin charged with failure to comply with court orders and is once again released from custody (Details of release are not yet known.)

September 21, 2019

  • Gamblin charged with killing Andrews

He now remains in custody.


2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 10
  • Stabbing – 8
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 9

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 25
  • Female – 4

2019 Homicide by the Month

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

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

9 Comments

  1. Les,

    I have no idea what you’re going on about with citing all the inquiries and reports. If you believe the MMIWG inquiry gleaned any useful information, or uncovered any mysterious, previously unknown phenomenon, I’m glad for you. You’ve certainly made assumptions about me, and felt the need to insult me. You have no idea who I am, my ancestry, or anything. You seem like a very angry and confused person, but I shall try to articulate my position again.

    And no, “over representation” is a term used to try to explain statistics. It’s used by politicians, administrators, and faculties in universities. It is used to justify social engineering by way of restricting access for certain groups based on gender, skin colour, sexual orientation, etc. It’s the entire basis for “Affirmative Action”.

    In the case of crime, it attempts to explain why a minority subset of people represent the highest percentage of incarceration. You can blame “the system” all you like, however, it doesn’t change the fact that indigenous folks perpetrate more crime than any other subset. If one was able to separate out all crime committed by indigenous folks in Winnipeg, statistically, Winnipeg would possess the lowest crime rate in Canada. It would be deemed the “safest city” to live in.

    If you truly don’t understand why so many indigenous children are in the care of CFS, you are either willfully ignoring the truth, or you simply don’t understand that someone with severe substance abuse problems isn’t fit to care for another human being. In fact, by the time CFS is able to intervene after birth, many of the children are already afflicted with FASD. If you truly believe the motivation to remove an innocent infant from its mother is racially motivated, you need to give your head a shake. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    As Canadians, we are all free to live and work wherever we like inside this country. Nobody is confined to live on a reserve. So, not sure what you’re talking about.

    Besides all the above, you’ve missed my original point all together.

    My point is:
    The media is quick to mention the gender and race of a victim of violence (so long as she is indigenous), yet never mentions the race of the offender (criminal/murderer/assailant).

    Have a nice weekend.
    Mateo

  2. Id like to suggest that we really do not need a single other report that suggests that Indigenous peoples are insanely overrepressented in every single indicator of disadvantage in this country. How many more stats do you need? Go back 30 years and how many inquiries do we have, chalk full of stats!? The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry; The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples; The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, just to name a minority few! What else do you need, Mateo? I guess these reports dont tell the story that feels right for you, eh?

    Counter to what you say, over representation indicates that there is something wrong with our system. It is an attempt (perhaps not the best attempt) to seek accountability from our system. Its meant to ask: How is it possible that such a minority population is so grossly overrepresented in the criminal justice system? This type of question can be asked in other ways in other sectors of our society; such as: Why are Indigenous peoples more likely to die early in life than any other group? Or, why is it that if you are Indigenous you are more likely to be taken from your family at birth? Why are there so many Indigenous children in child welfare? Or, why is it that there are so many boil water advisories on reserves but no where else in Canada? If you think that the answers to any of these questions have to do with the fact of Indigeneity, well then that is blatantly racism and you are very simple minded. Sorry if that offends you, but just think about what you are saying to people here. Its hateful BS. Id like to ask that people just take a moment to think about what it means when you just tell someone to change their life, to make better decisions. These are not simply individual problems, they are social problems, as those questions above are meant to point us towards. The gross overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in jails, and all the rest, is suggestive that we live in an extremelly biased and unfair country. See any of those reports cited above, and more! They lay it out for you. Id like to think that you can have a shred of empathy and be thoughtful and kind and maybe start to understand. But maybe you wont actually understand what these reports are saying until a group comes and takes everything from you and rounds you up and puts you on a desolate piece of land and then controls every aspect of your life. And then they say, well if only you made better decisions and didnt put yourself in danger you could have had a good life! You see the problem here? Decisions are always shaped by broader structural factors. Your ability to put yourself in a better situation is a privilege that you live with. You think homeless people in this city have the luxury of picking up and choosing a nicer place? The barriers are enormous, but i know you could grasp them if you only took a minute to think. Instead of complaining about individuals making bad decisions maybe we should start looking at the awful decisions made by our politicians over the past years who have reduced low-income housing in this city and given more handouts to luxury condo developers. Theres a story there of society and the decisions we make, or the decisions we tolerate, that create conditions that negatively effect other people who we then complain about and blame on them.

    you know, I agree that Gladue does nothing to address the problem of overrepresentation. I think you’ll find that many people, including Indigenous peoples, Indigenous lawyers and leaders, etc etc., have the same critique. It only further embeds this notion of race that you keep talking about. But its strange, because it becomes the very thing that you want, in fact! To label perps as Indigenous! I thought you’d love it Mateo! But maybe we do agree that it is gross, and a pathetic attempt at solving a problem. But this was not an Indigenous idea, this was a supreme court idea. It does nothing to change the conditions of poverty and addiction, for example, that so many people live in, where crime so often becomes entangled and normalized into one’s life.

    And, finally, lets be clear about one thing here. You keep calling Indigeneity a race. It is not a racial category any more than white is a racial category. there is no difference in our blood. It is fundamentally a political category. Indigeneity indicates the decedents of people who lived on this land before Europeans came and did all their nasty shit. The problem is that Canada has always wanted to get rid of us. Even when they say they want to assimilate us, its still a way of getting rid of us. To strip us of our language, our cultural and economic ways. The things that remind canada that we preceded Canada. THAT is the violent root that we should be looking at. Until you start thinking about that, well, we are never going to be able to live in peace.

  3. This is sad, true but living such a lifestyle is risky!! If she were White, I am sure there wouldn’t be the blame/victim/racee card game played or excuses made without laughing and criticism/snide remarks from those who are not Aboriginal. Nor get the same kind of empathy expressed by the Aboriginal community as seems to be expected for them by those who are not Aboriginal. Thing is she lived a risky life in a derelict crackhouse and where was her family and community? Where are her children? Why wasn’t she with them? Because CFS has them because of her lifestyle! The claims that she reached out for help but was rejected. That is bunk, she may not have accepted but rejected it in favor of her lifestyle!! !Stop making it look like tjere was perfection in need of media attention/empathy every time an Aboriginal woman/girls goes missing and/or murdered. NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO LOSING SOMEONE WHEN THAT SOMEONE GOES ASTRAY!! And I am speaking from knowledge and first jand experience so bring on the nasties, I can always retort with more facts and truths, something some people have an aversion too!!!!!

  4. James,
    The outrage mob is afraid of the truth. Facts, like balanced statistics which would paint a more accurate picture, are somehow seen as biased. Those that would suggest you’re racist for wanting to understand details of the offender, would have no way to articulate why it’s “racist”.

    Also, the term “over representation” is based on the premise that all races should have equal representation, as a ratio of population, in various categories. The term seeks to remove accountability or responsibility from the group referenced when the category is crime . The term suggests that the individual had nothing to do with the outcome, and suggests instead that the race of that individual is solely responsible for the outcome. It’s disingenuous and does nothing to address the problem. After all, it’s the reason we have Gladue.

    Mateo

  5. It is well known that if you live a certain lifestyle and in derelict building — one is susceptible to being murdered. They say she reached out for help but was rejected — THAT I have to question as help is out there more for the Aboriginals than others. Why wasn’t she with her children in a safe environment, where were her children? And if she didn’t feel safe where she was, why stay? The embellishment by her family is mindboggling!!!

  6. According to research I’ve been doing on my own for 2019, at least 12 victims were Indigenous and 13 of those charged are Indigenous. There are a number of cases unsolved and a number involving youth.

  7. James G Jewell

    Mateo;

    You make a valid point, one that I’ve tried to make many times and have often been called a racist because of it.

    Of course this data is and should be considered relevant in the discussion.

    In my annual “year in review reports”, that you can find on the front page of our site, we delve into Indigenous over-representation.

    The data is difficult to capture because, as you point out, its not officially reported, so certain assumptions have to be made.

    In 2018, the data I collected suggests as high as 41% of victims of homicide cases in Winnipeg were Indigenous.

    When it comes to perpetrators, our data suggests as high as 70% of penetrators of homicide last year were Indigenous.

    Stats Canada reports approximately 11% of the population in Winnipeg is Indigenous.

    The over-representation is astounding and has to be dramatically reduced.

    Unfortunately, people don’t seem to want to have a real conversation about it.

  8. So we can break down crime statistics by gender and race of victim, manner of death in homicides, location, month of incident, etc. We can compare stats from year to year, province by province, etc. But always missing in the statistics is the elephant in the room; race of offender.

    It’s just curious that the media makes a special point to mention the race of a victim of homicide (indigenous female), yet makes no mention of the race of the offender/criminal. It’s a bit odd that the public needs to know the race of a victim, but the individual who committed the crime (and will be released back into society to reoffend) is curiously omitted, perhaps deemed not newsworthy.

    Since race is selectively deemed relevant to a news story, it would be interesting to break down crime by race. Paint an accurate picture of the reality of crime in Winnipeg. Or, I wonder, would such statistics taint their narrative?

    Mateo

  9. sue bradford

    Winnipeg Police Officers,are doing a excellent job,!!!.the chief should stay out of politics..

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