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Metro City Murder Meter

Edmonton's 2012 murder meter officially stands at 13
Case status: open: 5   charges laid: 8
Total metro area count stands at 15

Matthew Schuman
march 4th, 2013 -- U of A HUB Mall shooting survivor tells his tale
Wesley Bunker
june 19th, 2012 -- homeless man dies from assault
The U of A HUB Mall Shooting
june 15th, 2012 -- three dead, one critically injured
John Stanley Kwiatkowski
june 11th, 2012 -- details revealed about accused teen's criminal past
Body Found In North Edmonton
june 9th, 2012 -- death ruled non-criminal

Edmonton Metro Crime Watch
the latest in ongoing murder investigations, trials, missing person files, cold cases and other police matters

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Deanna Marie Bellerose Gabriel Gregg Ahmed Hassan Suspicious Riverbend Deaths Daniel Edward Barata
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Edmonton murder count

Edmonton's 2011 murder counts officially rests at 48, breaking the city's previous record of 39 set in 2005.

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Edmonton Metro Crime Watch

The latest in ongoing murder investigations, trials, missing person files, cold cases and other police matters (in order of most recent update).


Matthew Schuman


On March 4th, 2013, the lone survivor of the deadliest armed robbery in Alberta history finally broke his silence. Nine months after he was shot in the head during the University of Alberta HUB Mall shooting, Matthew Schuman recalled the event and detailed his road back to health.


The June 15th, 2012, armed robbery of an automated banking machine claimed the lives of Brian Ilesic, Eddie Rejano, and Michelle Shegelski. Travis Baumgartner has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and four counts of robbery with a firearm » full details »


Wesley Bunker


At 11:13 a.m., June 17th, 2012, emergency services were called in connection with reports of an injured man lying face-down in front of an inner city health centre. Wesley Bunker, 47, was rushed to hospital but died two days later.


Police had already charged 29-year-old Courtney Alex McDonald with aggravated assault. The charge was later upgraded to manslaughter » full details »


Edmonton recorded 26 homicides at this time last year. 2011's total hit a record-breaking 48 with the status of one suspicious death case still pending and a second case suspended.


The U of A HUB Mall Shooting


What was supposed to be a routine armoured car cash run early June 15th, 2012, turned into the deadliest armed robbery in Alberta history.


Brian Ilesic, 35, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Michelle Shegelski, 26, suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the head while Matthew Schuman, 25, continues to recover after he miraciously escaped a similar fate.


Police soon arrested 21-year-old Travis Brandon Baumgartner as he was trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border. He was later charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and four counts of robbery with a firearm » full details »


John Stanley Kwiatkowski


At about 6:23 a.m. April 14th, 2011, EMS were called to a home in Rundle Heights after a woman found her common-law husband dead. It was figured 29-year-old John Stanley Kwiatkowski had been attacked during a break-in and robbery.


On May 24th, 2012, police charged a young offender with second-degree murder and break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence.


On June 11th, media revealed details about the teen's criminal past » full details »


Body Found In North Edmonton


Police investigated what at first looked like Edmonton's 10th homicide of 2012 after a body was found on the city's north side.


However, there were soon indications that the June 9th death was non-criminal in nature » full details »


Deanna Marie Bellerose


In May 2012, Morinville RCMP investigated the discovery of human remains found north of Edmonton.


On June 8th, 2012, Project KARE identified the remains being as those of 29-year-old Deanna Marie Bellerose – missing since September 2002.


Bellerose was living a high-risk lifestyle at the time of her disappearance. Her younger sister Ginger had been murdered the previous year » full details »


Gabriel Gregg


A manslaughter charge has been laid in connection with Edmonton's ninth homicide of 2012.


At about 3:00 a.m. June 3rd, 2012, an altercation took place immediately east of The Public House lounge at 10765 Jasper Avenue. 31-year-old Gabriel Gregg was taken to hospital where he later died of his injuries.


Police charged 36-year-old Derrick Shawn Hansen with manslaughter » full details »


Ahmed Hassan


On June 2nd, 2012, an Edmonton man with ties to two Fort McMurray deaths was gunned down inside a Toronto shopping centre.


Ahmed Hassan, a 24-year-old Somali-Canadian, had been arrested with 23-year-old Idris Abess and 19-year-old Abdinasir Abdulkadir Dirie in separate incidents. Abess and Dirie were later murdered.


After Hassan moved to Toronto, two attempts were made on his life. Some said those attempts came at the hands of the man who finally shot him in the shopping mall » full details »


Suspicious Riverbend Deaths


Mystery continues to surround the discovery of two people found dead inside a Riverbend home – apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning – after emergency services were called to 503 Falconer Place at about 4:00 p.m. May 31st, 2012.


Initially a sudden death investigation, the matter was soon upgraded to suspicious and homicide detectives were called in » full details »


John Stanley Kwiatkowski


At about 6:23 a.m. April 14th, 2011, EMS were called to a home in Rundle Heights after a woman found her common-law husband dead. It was figured 29-year-old John Stanley Kwiatkowski had been attacked during a break-in and robbery.


On May 24th, 2012, police charged a young offender with second-degree murder and break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence » full details »


Rose Brenda Decoteau


Early October 5th, 2005, a 911 call reporting that a woman had suffered a heart attack brought EMS and police to a unit of the Royal Western Motel at 15335 111 Avenue. An autopsy later determined that 43-year-old Rose Brenda Decoteau had been strangled to death.


On May 23rd, 2012, police announced that a $40,000 reward had been renewed for information that could lead to solving Decoteau's murder.


A homicide detective also revealed new details in the nearly seven-year-old cold case » full details »


Daniel Edward Barata


Police have made an arrest in connection with Edmonton's eighth homicide of the year after reports of a fight at about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23rd, brought officers to a four-storey apartment block at 12914 64 Street in the Belvedere neighbourhood.


About a half-dozen people were involved in an altercation that left 41-year-old Daniel Edward Barata dead from a stab wound. Police charged three men with second-degree murder » full details »


Philipp Jochen Woehrle


Homicide detectives and arson units continue to investigate the death of 28-year-old Philipp Jochen Woehrle after his body was found inside a burning building.


At 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, May 8th, Edmonton Fire Rescue got a call about a house fire at 11707 129 Street in the Inglewood neighbourhood. After the fire was extinguished, responders discovered Woehrle's body in the basement » full details »


Yehai Hassan Al-Bekai


Police continue to investigate Edmonton's sixth homicide of 2012 after 32-year-old Yehai Hassan Al-Bekai was shot outside the Diesel Ultra Lounge on Sunday, May 6th, following an altercation that had taken place inside.


Reports of shots fired brought emergency services to the bar across from Rexall Place at about 3:00 a.m. They arrived only to find out that Al-Bekai had already been taken by friends to hospital where he later died.


Police later launched an appeal for witnesses to come forward » full details »


So Many Somalis


A new documentary looks at the question of why so many Somali men have been murdered in Alberta and the root causes behind why the vast majority of their slayings remain unsolved.


Carleton University Master of Journalism candidate Felicia Pacentrilli has released Talking to the Dead, a 30-minute video that reveals the frustration many of the Somali victim's families feel when it comes to the issue being treated properly, accusing police of turning a blind eye and media of painting an inaccurate picture » full details »


Walter & Darla Dahmer


Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP investigated the suspicious deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a rural residence on Friday, May 4th.


At about 2:00 p.m., police were called to a residence about 15 kilometres southeast of Spruce Grove, after a person reported finding the bodies of a deceased man and woman.


A week later, RCMP had yet to update the case. However, the Edmonton Journal identified the victims, quoting friends as saying the deaths were likely the result of a murder-suicide » full details »


Savanah Morin


Police have laid charges man in connection with Edmonton's fifth homicide of 2012 after 20-year-old Savanah Morin died following an altercation in a downtown highrise.


Police were dispatched to the 165-unit Wimbledown Apartments building at 10140 113 Street at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, May 3rd, after a 911 call had come in reporting that a woman had been stabbed.


Morin had been found in a 15th-floor suite and was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she was pronounced dead.


On Friday, May 4th, 23-year-old Dale Warren Swampy was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public » full details »


Dennis James Moyah


Police have laid a charge of manslaughter in connection with Edmonton's fourth homicide of 2012.


At about 4:00 a.m., Sunday, April 29th, officers responded to the Strathearn Heights Apartments complex after 34-year-old Dennis James Moyah had suffered serious injuries as the result of a beating. He later died in hospital.


Police took a male suspect into custody at the scene. They later charged 26-year-old Brian Leonard Sawatzky with manslaughter » full details »


Meanwhile, police are still dealing with a suspicious death from earlier in the weekend – see next story ...


Mill Creek Ravine Death


Police continue to investigate the suspicious death of an unidentified 18-year-old woman in Edmonton's river valley park system.


Just after 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 27th, two mountain bikers came across the body of the unconscious woman in the Mill Creek Ravine underneath the Whyte Avenue bridge. She was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.


An autopsy confirmed the woman's identity but not her cause of death » full details »


John Stanley Kwiatkowski


At about 6:23 a.m. April 14th, 2011, EMS were called to a home in Rundle Heights after a woman found her common-law husband dead. It was figured 29-year-old John Stanley Kwiatkowski had been attacked during a break-in and robbery.


On April 23rd, 2012, police released images of stolen vehicles believed to be linked to Kwiatkowski's homicide » full details »


Jeff Oatway


On April 11th, 2012, 34-year-old Jeff Oatway had been arrested in connection with a traffic accident and was placed in a cell at Edmonton police headquarters.


Eight hours later, as he was being transported to a bail hearing, Oatway and police got into a scuffle and a Taser was deployed. Oatway collapsed and after two days in a coma he died.


The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the matter » full details »


Annette Margaret Holywhiteman


Annette Holywhiteman, also known as Annette Goodrider, was last seen alive in Edmonton on August 25th, 2008. According to Project KARE, the woman had registered with the task force in 2004 when she was believed to be involved in the sex trade.


In November 2010, RCMP investigated the discovery of skeletal remains in a remote area northwest of Westlock. In March 2012, it was confirmed the human remains were those of Holywhiteman.


On April 12th, 2012, Project KARE investigators appealed to the public for information » full details »


Russell Haidar


On December 14th, 2011, a late-night rendezvous in a west-end park left 17-year-old Russell Haidar dead from gunshots wounds. Within days, two persons had been charged with second-degree murder.


On April 5th, 2012, police announced they had charged a third man in connection with Haidar's death – also with second-degree murder » full details »


Morgan Drew Arcand-Faithful


RCMP continue to investigate the death of 20-year-old Morgan Drew Arcand-Faithful, an Alexander First Nation man.


At about 11:05 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 4th, RCMP responded to a report of a fight in Morinville, a capital region bedroom community 30 kilometres north of Edmonton. Arcand-Faithful was found suffering what police termed a "visible wound" and died at the scene.


RCMP soon charged a 21-year-old Morinville man with second-degree murder » full details »


Chad Swanson


Police continue to investigate Edmonton's third homicide of 2012 after a man was found dead in an SUV in the city's north end Thursday evening, March 29th.


Two pedestrians walking within a cul-de-sac near 113th Street and 167A Avenue noticed a black Chevy Tahoe that looked like it had been parked in a hurry. When they looked inside they saw Chad Swanson behind the wheel suffering "obvious trauma" to his body.


The 26-year-old was due in court the day after he died to face drug charges » full details »


Myron Dakota Cutknife


Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP were called to a home on the Enoch First Nation Reserve southwest of Edmonton early March 19th, 2011, after the body of a deceased male was found outside. An autopsy determined 20-year-old Myron Dakota Cutknife died of homicide.


No suspects were identified and a year later, with no new developments in the case, Cutknife's still-grieving mother made an appeal to the public » full details »


Keith Oliver


Fifty-seven-year-old Keith Oliver was found face down in an alley between 97th and 101st Streets, south of 118th Avenue, on March 4th, 2012. He died in hospital ten days later having suffered major head trauma and multiple broken ribs.


After friends of Oliver informed media that investigators weren't doing enough to find out what happened to him, Edmonton police launched an appeal for information » full details »


Ashneil Ajit Singh


On November 29th, 2011, police located 21-year-old Ashneil Ajit Singh dying in a field on Edmonton's southwestern edge.


On March 15th, 2012, homicide detectives asked for the public's assistance in locating a white iPad 2 that they believe was purchased by Singh about a month before he died » full details »


Shernell Sharon Pierre


On March 12th, 2008, Edmonton Fire Rescue were dealing with a car fire when they discovered the charred remains of 26-year-old Shernell Sharon Pierre lying slumped in the driver's seat. An autopsy determined she had suffered a gunshot wound to the head before being set on fire.


On March 7th, 2012, police announced that they had charged Pierre's former boyfriend, 43-year-old Devon Hugh Saunders, with first-degree murder » full details »


Billy Canh Ho


Police continue to investigate Edmonton's second homicide of 2012 after 25-year-old Billy Canh Ho was stabbed during an altercation near a south side McDonald's restaurant.


A 911 call at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6th, brought EMS and police to the 24-hour eatery at 10375 51 Avenue just west of Calgary Trail. Ho died in hospital and police put out a strange call to anyone who may have sold an individual a container of gasoline » full details »


So Many Somalis


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When reporting Somali-Canadian deaths, media often refer to the number of young men slain in Alberta as ranging anywhere from 20 to three dozen.


The Last Link's So Many Somalis page serves as a comprehensive list of men with roots in Somalia and the Horn of Africa to have lost their lives while working and living in Alberta » full details »



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Background


Edmonton's murder rate is a major concern to area residents and experts in the field are baffled as to explain why the city is home to such a high number of homicides.


The nature of Edmonton's energy-related boomtown economy plays a significant role in the city's crime statistics. Good times often attract a transient population, and with the area's metro population surpassing the million mark the provincial capital is no longer the sleepy frontier town it once was.


Second-generation immigrants make up a large percentage of Edmonton's inhabitants and the drug and gang lifestyle, along with youth-against-youth incidents, is thought largely responsible for the high murder rate.


To find out more about the reasons behind Statistics Canada's one-time dubbing of the city as "the murder capital of Canada," visit the Why Edmonton? page.


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Those with information about any of the matters covered above are asked to contact Edmonton police at 780-423-4567, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), Project KARE at 780-495-KARE (5273) or 1-877-412-KARE (5273) or online at www.tipsubmit.com. Tips can also be text messaged.


Information presented on this page has been compiled from published media reports and should not be interpreted as having legal bearing or other prejudice against the individuals named on this web site. Some information may have been released under the authority of the FOIP Act, RSA 2000, C. F-25. and/or Section 8(2)(m) of the Federal Privacy Act.


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