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Death of 16-month-old Veronica Poitras deemed a homicide

According to Cold Lake RCMP,  family member took 16 month old Veronica Poitras to the Cold Lake Hospital in the evening of August 26th.

Police were notified at approximately 7:00pm of the situation.  Veronica was transferred to an Edmonton Hospital that same night.

Veronica Poitras was taken off of life support on August 29th. An autopsy conducted on August 30th revealed the manner of death to be a homicide. Police have not released cause of death, and no arrests have been made at this time.

Update: Valeri Lomakine stabbed to death in Calgary

Emergency crews responded to report of a stabbing in the parking lot of a building located in the 5700 block of 2 Street Southwest, in the Manchester Industrial area on September 6th at approximately 10 am .

Police and paramedics arrived to find 37 year old Valeri Lomakin suffering from serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the stabbing death of Lomakin is asked to call Calgary Police Service, 403-266-1234

Update September 29th
In the evening of September 28th, Calgary police arrested Michael Jordan Hope, 27, of Calgary. Hope has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of Valeri Lomakin.

The 2017 Calgary Homicide Victim List is available here.

Montreal woman Valerie Maurice found strangled to death in Edmonton

Edmonton police responded to a “check on welfare” on August 31st at a residence in the area of 144 Avenue and 88 A Street.

On arrival police found 29 year old Valerie Maurice, deceased. Maurice did not live at the suite where she was found. An autopsy conducted on September 1st revealed the cause of death to be strangulation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567

Update September 6th

Gregory Christopher Tessman, 49, was arrested in Vancouver on September 5th at a East Hastings Homeless shelter. Tessman has been charged with second degree murder in relation to the death of Valerie Maurice.

The death of Maurice is the 34th Edmonton homicide this year. The 2017 Edmonton homicide victim list is available here.

Second suspicious death in Wetaskiwin in less than a week

Wetaskiwin were called to an apartment building at the request of EMS on August 26th after a man was found suffering from life threatening injuries.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. Police have not released the cause of death at this time. Police have said that this death is not related to the death of Nakoda Toyoungmen on August 24th.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267

Second degree murder charge laid in the death of 16 year old Nakoda Twoyoungmen

Wetaskiwin police were called to a plaza in the area of 52 Street and 48 Avenue on August 24th on report of an injured young man.

Nakoda Towyoungmen 16, of Samson Cree Nation, was found by police at a plaza in the area of 52 Street and 48 Avenue suffering from serious injuries. Towyoungmen was rushed to hospital when he died of his injuries.

22 year old Matthew Alexander Lightning was arrested on August 25th and charged with second degree murder.

Update Victim Identified – Edmonton Taxi Cab driver dies after being shot in his vehicle

Edmonton police responded to a report of a shooting placed by a taxi cab driver at 5am on August 26th  at 142 Street and Yellowhead Trail.

Police attempted CPR however the victim believed to be in his 20’s was declared dead at the scene.

Sgt. Duane Hunter of Homicide Section is urging anyone who was at Flux Ultra Lounge and my have information in relation to this investigation to call EPS at 780-423-4567.

Update August 31st
An autopsy conducted on August 30th revealed the identity of the victim as
Shardi Abdi Hassan, 23. The Edmonton Medical Examiner said Hassan died as a result of gunshot wounds.

 

The 2017 Edmonton homicide victim list is available here.

 

Update – Murder charge laid in the house fire that claimed the life of a 5 month old

Emergency crews were called to a residential fire at 1040 Armitage Crescent on August 22 at approximately 4am.

According to Edmonton police there were 8 people living in the home, 6 of them managed to escape the fire with minor injuries.  A mother and her 5 month old son were trapped in the home, but were rescued by fire fighters and transported to hospital.

The 5 month old died in hospital of smoke inhalation, his 29 year old mother remains in critical condition.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Update Charges Laid

Edmonton police arrested Bronson Woycenko, 19, and Jessica Tammerand, 18, without incident on August 25th. Woycenko has been charged with Second Degree Murder, Arson: Disregard for human life and mischief under $5,000. Tammerand is charged with Arson:Disregard for human life, mischief under $5,000.

Police said the fire started as a result of patio furniture set a blaze near the front door.
 

The 2017 Edmonton homicide victim list is available here.

 

 

 

Peter Penac Edmonton’s 31st homicide victim dies of a gunshot wound

Edmonton police said Peter Penac was shot on August 5th while sitting in his vehicle in a northwest Edmonton at approximately 9:50pm.

Penac was rushed to hospital and treated for the gunshot wound. Peter Penac dies of his injuries on August 7th.

Police believe the assailant fled the scene in a Vehicle is believed
to be a 1998-2003 red, two door, Ford Escort (pictured below).

Photo made available by the Edmonton Police

The 2017 Edmonton homicide victim list is available here.

 

William John Robert Monkman wanted for second degree murder

Edmonton Police are investigating a suspicious death that happened in northeast Edmonton shortly after 3:30am on August 2nd.

Police were called to the area of 118 Avenue and 54 Street on report of an injured man. The victim was rushed to hospital, suffering from stab wounds. The 49 year old man died in hospital of his injuries.

Police are searching for William John Robert Monkman, in relation to the homicide. Monkman is described as an Indigenous male, with black hair and has a mustache and goatee. He is about 5’8” tall and has a pierced left ear.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567

The Edmonton 2017 Homicide Victim List is available here.

Update: Edmonton’s 28th Homicide victim of 2017 – James Dunham found dead in West Edmonton

Edmonton police responded to a weapons complaint on July 21st at 5:20 am in a residence near 101 Avenue and 153 Street. Police located the victim, James Joel Dunham, 40,  he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Edmonton police are asking for assistance from the public in locating a person of interest,  Kendall Desjarlais (pictured below) in connection to the death of James Dunham.

Wanted for questioning – Kendall Desjarlais – photo made available by EPS

Edmonton police have provided a photo of the victim James Dunham (pictured below) in hopes of receiving information from the public regarding the activities of the deceased leading up to his death on July 21.

James Dunham – photo made available by EPS

Anyone with information about this suspicious death is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567

Update October 15th
Brendan Christopher Dion, 27, was arrested and is facing a second degree murder charge in relation to the death of James Joel Dunham.

Edmonton 2017 Homicide victims list