James Acker dies in hospital after being attacked at St. Joseph’s Villa

James Acker 86, was attacked in his sleep on the night of January 28th at St. Joseph’s Villa, by a resident who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Both Acker and the assailant suffer from alzheimer’s.

Acker was taken to the Hamilton General Hospital with severe head trauma, where he remained until his death on April 16th. Acker’s family said he never recovered from the attack.

The autopsy revealed the cause of Acker’s death to be result of the beating.

Hamilton police said the suspect in this case is not facing criminal charges due to his disease.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is available here.

Updated: Toronto Homicide #16 – Martin R.W Hauck

Toronto Police were called to a medical in the area of Queen St East and Booth Ave on April 17th at approximately 1:50pm.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene to find a man in serious condition. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identity of the man will remain private until his next of kin is notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

Update April 19th

The victim has been identified as Martin R.W. Hauck, 56, his cause of death has not been released at this time.

Toronto’s 16th homicide victim Martin R. W. Hauck,.
*Photo made available by Toronto Police.

Police are searching for Glenn Gaetan, 25, of Toronto. Gaetan is wanted for first degree murder.

Glenn Gaetan, Photo made available by Toronto Police.

Glenn Gaetan should be considered armed and dangerous. If located dial 911.

Update: Glenn Gaetan surrendered to Toronto police on Thursday April 20th. Gaetan has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Martin R.W Hauck. Gaetan is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m., room 505.

The Toronto 2017 homicide victim list is available here.

Update: Edmonton Homicide Detectives take over in the suspicious death of Kathy Dickout

Edmonton police responded to a call for assistance in the area of 130 Avenue and 32 Street, at approximately 12:30am, April 17th.

On arrival police found a 53 year old woman dead in the home. Homicide detectives have since taken over.

Police have not released the name of the victim or names of any suspects at this time.

The death of the woman will be the 13th Edmonton homicide of 2017.

More to come…

Update April 19th

Jason Dickout 30, has been charged with second degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon in the death of his mother Kathy Dickout 53. Cause of death has not been released at this time.

The Edmonton 2017 Homicide Victim List is available here.

March 2017 Canadian Homicide Statistics

Canada March Murder Count: 46
Males: 32
Females: 14

Age of Youngest Victim: 7
Age of Oldest Victim: 77

Murders By Province or Territory
ON 16
BC 14
AB 6
SK 4
QC 3
MB 3
YT 0
PE 0
NU 0
NT 0
NS 0
NL 0
NB 0

Murders by Type
Beating 0
Shooting 15
Stabbing 3
Other 1
Unknown 27

Murders By City
Vancouver 4
Toronto 3
Edmonton 3
Winnipeg 2
Vaughan 2
Surrey 2
Prince Albert 2
Moberly Lake 2
Fort Frances 2
Abbotsford 2
Woodbridge 1
Windsor 1
Vernon 1
Vancouver Island 1
Sudbury 1
Stony Mountain 1
St. Catharines 1
Richmond 1
Red Deer 1
RM of Buffalo 1
Port Renfrew 1
Pigeon Lake First Nation 1
Oakville 1
Montreal 1
Mont-St-Hilaire 1
Mississauga 1
Maskwacis 1
Laval 1
Deschambeault Lake 1
Cainsville 1
Burlington 1
Barrie 1

Victims and links to more information on each homicide:
Affleck, Carol, 66, Fort Frances ON
Affleck, Lovern, 77, Fort Frances ON
Ali, Mohamed Abdulkadir, 28, Toronto ON
Ballantyne, Damian, 34, Prince Albert SK
Banhgu, Birinderjeet Justin, 29, Surrey BC
Barberi, Mila, 28, Woodbridge ON
Camber, Dana, 50, Barrie ON
Charles, Melinda, 47, Deschambeault Lake SK
Chartrand, Shania Chanel, 21, Winnipeg MB
Crane, Sara, 21, Edmonton AB
Dhaliwal, Jaspreet, 36, Surrey BC
Di Marco, Nikola, 42, Montreal QC
Doe, John, Maskwacis, AB
Doe, John, Pigeon Lake First Nation, AB
Doe, John, 26, Red Deer AB
Doe, John, 50, Stony Mountain MB
Doe, John, 59, Windsor ON
Dumas, Nathan, 7, St. Catharines ON
Edwards, Kenneth, 59, Sudbury ON
Fontaine, Jeanenne, 29, Winnipeg MB
George, Benedicto, 25, Edmonton AB
Greenaway, Dylan, 21, Toronto ON
Haggard, Krystina, 15, Moberly Lake BC
Huard-Boudreault, Daphne, 18, Mont-St-Hilaire QC
Kazdaghli, Sofien, 39, Vancouver BC
Kellington, Joseph, 24, Abbotsford BC
Lally, Jaskarn, 20, Abbotsford BC
Lyew, Lequan, 26, Vaughan ON
McVarish, Cheryl, 43, Mississauga ON
Mejilla, Ferdinand, 50, Burlington ON
Panahi, Majir, 19, Vancouver BC
Rogers, Dustin, 26, Vernon BC
Schienmann, Kristi, 30, Edmonton AB
Seow, Kellen, 34, Laval QC
Sergi, Antonio, 53, Toronto ON
Singh Mann, Harjit, 49, Vancouver BC
Singh Sanghera, Navdip, 32, Vancouver BC
Skedden, Allan, 52, Richmond BC
Skorulski, Angela, 58, Oakville ON
Triumbari, Domenic, 55, Vaughan ON
Veit, Heidi, RM of Buffalo, SK
Waite, Robert, 69, Cainsville ON
Watson, Linda, 47, Moberly Lake BC
Widner, Michael Gregory, 39, Port Renfrew BC
Young, Richard, 72, Vancouver Island BC

Update: Edmonton Homicide #12 – 19 year old man dies in hospital after stabbing near LRT station

Edmonton Police were called to a transit stop at 118th Ave, near the Coliseum LRT Station in northwest Edmonton on April 11th in the afternoon on report of a stabbing.

Police arrived to find a 19 year old man with life-threatening injuries allegedly sustained during an altercation with a man.

The Victim was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.  The victim died of his injuries on April 14th, and the Homicide team has taken over the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567

Update: Police have identified the victim as Brandon Provencher 19.

Update April 27th

Edmonton police have arrested two suspects, only one has been charged with the murder of Brandon Provencher.

Diodone Songa, 18, has been charged with second degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public. John Vyizigiro, 19, was charged with two counts of robbery, assault, assault with a weapon and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

The Edmonton 2017 Homicide Victim’s List is available here.

Toronto homicide #15 – Samatar Farah found dead outside of a townhouse complex

Police were called to Chester Le Boulevard in Scarborough on April 15th at around 1:30 am on report of gunshots. It wasn’t until hours later that Police and EMT’s were called to the same area on report of an injured man at 8:02am.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The victim’s identity will not be released until his next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

Update: The victim on Saturday’s homicide has been identified as Samatar Farah, 24. A Go Fund Me Page had been set up to help with funeral costs, and exceeded it’s $15,000 goal in less than 24 hours.

*Image made available by The Toronto Police Service

Toronto 2017 homicide victim list is available here.

Update: Man confesses to double homicide in Notre Dame-Du-Laus

Sûreté du Québec said, a 60 year old man came into the Police HQ in Gatineau  and turned himself into police at around 2:40pm for killing two women.

The man told police he killed two people, and gave them the address 872 De Val Ombreuse in Notre-Dame-du-Laus. Police said the suspuct knew the victims, however police are not releasing the names or ages until next of kin is notified.

More to come…

Update April 13

The accused has been identified as David Lepage 60, and the victims have been identified as the man’s common law partner, Priscilla Lee Bond, 33, and their daughter, Gabrielle Lepage, 15.


Brett Overby facing a second degree murder charge in the disappearance of Christine Wood

Christine Wood 21, was visiting Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation with her family, when she was last seen Aug. 19 2016. She was last seen leaving a Hotel on Barrie st, where she had been staying with her family.

January 2017, the Missing Persons Unit began collaborating with Homicide investigators in search of Miss Wood.

Police obtained a search warrant on March 21st 2017, at the 300 block of Burrows Avenue and arrested Brett Overby 30. According to police Overby was arrested and interviewed at that time, but not formally charged.

Investigators gathered evidence for several days at the home of Overby. Evidence collected at Overby’s home lead investigators to believe that Wood was murdered at his Burrows Avenue home. Forensic evidence was confirmed on April 6th, and formal charges were laid. Brett Ronald Overby, 30, has been charged with second degree murder of Christine Wood.

The body of Christine Wood has still not been recovered.


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