The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has charged a teenaged boy with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the murder of Charleswood resident Kathleen Leary (66) years.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, shortly before 6 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 100 block of Cheltenham Cove regarding the report of an injured woman.
On arrival, police located Leary suffering from injuries to her upper body.
She subsequently died as a result of the attack.
Police refused to disclose the age of the youth but did confirm he is “known” to the victim.
Media reports indicate the youth was located at the scene of the crime.
Police spokesman Constable Eric Hofley released few other details citing privacy concerns and limitations on the release of information imposed upon police by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Hofley did confirm preliminary reports suggesting a home invasion had occurred at the crime scene were incorrect.
The youth has been detained in custody.
Media reports indicate Leary was a leader in education initiatives for Aboriginal people in Northern Manitoba and was a former employee of the University College of the North.
She is reported to have been the mother of four (4) daughters and a dedicated grandmother.
Kathleen Leary is the eleventh (11th) reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg this year.
Police have solved all but two (2) of the killings.
Although murders in Charleswood are relative rare occurrences, there have been other notable killings in the peaceful community.
In May 2000, seventy-three (73) year old Angelo Foti was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and discharge firearm with intent after shooting Jason Stein (32) at his residence at 4219 Roblin Blvd after a dispute involving a snowmobile.
On Friday, May 17, 2003, Police discovered the deceased bodies of a man and a woman at 4317 Roblin Blvd. Seymour Lloyd Sharpe (44) was subsequently charged with two (2) counts of 2nd Degree Murder due to his alleged involvement.
On June 25, 2009, a seventeen (17) year old boy was charged with 1st Degree Murder after killing and dismembering his father in their Charleswood home. The youth subsequently disposed of the remains in a secluded wooded area several hours outside of the City.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the eleventh (11th) homicide of the year;
2014 – July 1
2013 – June 29
2012 – April 5
2011 – April 29 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 28
2009 – May 25
2008 – April 19
2007 – May 26
2006 – June 17
2005 – June 18
2004 – June 10 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)