If you pay any attention to crime in River City you may have noticed a disturbing trend.
Young Offenders are back in the homicide mix after a year-long respite in 2016, a year where not one young person was charged with the ultimate crime in the City of Winnipeg.
Thus far in 2017, a total of 5 young offenders have been charged with homicide offences that cover the spectrum from 1st degree murder to 2nd degree murder to manslaughter.
The most recent case featured a pair of 17-year-old boys, one stabbed to death and the other charged in what will certainly prove to be yet another senseless killing in our crime beleaguered City.
Police Respond to Disturbance
On August 6, 2017 at 3:40 a.m., police were called to a disturbance at a residence in the 1200 block of Court Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers located a 17-year-old boy suffering from injuries consistent with being stabbed. The boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who has since been charged with manslaughter in connection with the killing.
The youth was detained in custody.
Police have not released the name of the victim.
The name of the accused killer cannot be released pursuant to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit and are asking anyone with information that may assist investigators to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
The deceased youth killed in this incident is the 18th reported homicide victim in the City this year.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but 3 reported cases this year achieving a solvency rate of 83%.
(The unit secured a 100% solvency rate up to the latter half of July after solving the first 14 consecutive homicides of the year.)
At this time last year the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of 17 homicide cases.
So why the spike in youth related homicide?
That’s not an easy question to answer.
In a recent press conference Chief Danny Smyth laid the blame on the City’s rise in violent crime on the drug trade and street gangs.
Those with insight might suggest the same influences are to blame regarding the spike experienced in youth homicide this year.
Police however, often caution against forming opinions based on random spikes in crime or yearly fluctuations and prefer taking a wider view of crime based on several years of data collection.
All things considered, it seems this uptick in youth homicide is something that merits careful consideration.
At least, that’s the view from down here.
2017 Homicide Stats
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 6
- Stabbing – 8
- Blunt Force Trauma – 2
- Not Released – 2
- Male – 14
- Female – 4