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Winnipeg police investigate citys 17th and 18th homicides of 2019
Winnipeg police are investigating two more homicides, one in the West End and one in Fort Richmond. 

They were called to the 900 block of Greencrest Avenue Friday, at about 5:20 p.m. There, officers found an adult male who had died. 

“Last year we finished the year with 22 homicides and I believe we didn’t hit that 18 threshold until November 10 last year. Obviously that’s a significant change from last year from what we’re seeing so far this year,” Winnipeg Police Cst. Jay Murray said.

In the West End, officers remained on scene at a residence in the 400 block of Simcoe Street Saturday morning investigating the death of an adult woman. 

On Friday, May 24, just after 5 p.m., officers were called to a residence on Greencrest Avenue in Fort Richmond. Immediately after they arrived, a man was located dead inside a house in the 900 block.

Winnipeg police investigating two weekend homicides

The woman was found with stab wounds early Saturday morning, but succumbed to her injuries, Murray said. Police responded to a call about the incident at 2:45 a.m. 

Few other details about the two deaths, which were 17th and 18th homicides of the year, were released Saturday.

They found a woman who appeared to have been stabbed. She was immediately taken to hospital in critical condition, and later pronounced dead.

"Last year we finished the year with 22 homicides, and I believe we didn't hit that 18 threshold until I believe Nov. 10 last year. So obviously that's a significant change," Murray said. "The nature of homicides is that they're incredibly random and difficult to predict. We don't know what the future's going to bring, what the end of year total is going to be.

“The nature of homicides is that they’re incredibly random and difficult to predict,” Murray said.

"One homicide is really too many. One homicide in itself is concerning. It's extra concerning to see the number that we've had so far." 

Less than 12 hours later, officers were called to a home on Simcoe Street in the Wolseley neighbourhood.

Murray said the increase in the homicide rate could be linked to more methampetamines and guns on Winnipeg streets. He couldn't say if either factor is related to this weekend's cases.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Jerusalem Kahsay lives directly across the street from where the man was found dead in Fort Richmond. 

"We couldn't come in for a couple hours. We had to wait out the other side this whole area was a crime scene," she said.

Her neighbourhood is a quiet area, so when her children first called her to tell her the area was surrounded by police, she said she thought they were playing a prank on her. 

"Nothing happens around here, so I was like, 'Are you guys sure? You guys are not playing games on me?'"

Having a swarm of police only feet from her house, investigating someone's death, has been terrifying, she said. 

"As a mom of two kids, you're always thinking of the worst or you're always thinking about their safety. So it was pretty traumatizing to know that something huge like this happened like within feet from my house," she said. 

The city set a record in 2011 with 41 homicides. But by the end of May 2011, only 16 homicides had been recorded. 

Murray noted most homicides aren't random, though some are. He recommended that people report suspicious activity or residences online.

Murray said police have been taking the steps they can to be proactive, including their new guns-and-gangs unit and more public forums to educate people about trends in meth use.

"There's a wealth of steps that we're taking, but unfortunately the root of some of these homicides is outside the scope of the police department. For example, again, I'm going to circle back to the meth crisis, [police alone are] not going to solve that crisis," Murray said. 

"We need co-operation from all levels of government, from the community; we've gotten some of that co-operation and we continue to move forward to tackle this crisis, but it's going to take everyone, I think, to ultimately solve this issue."

Detectives with the Winnipeg Police Service are looking for information this weekend in two separate homicide investigations.

Officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Greencrest Ave. in Fort Richmond at around 5:20 Friday night for what police will only describe as suspicious circumstances.

Early Saturday morning officers responded to a report of an injured person at a home in the 400 block of Simcoe St. in the citys West End where officers found a woman who had been stabbed.

So obviously thats a significant change from what were seeing so far this year, said Const. Jay Murray.

The nature of homicides is that theyre incredibly random and difficult to predict, said Murray. We dont know what the futures going to bring, what the end of year totals going to be.

Anyone with information regarding either homicide investigation is asked to call members of the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Detectives with the Winnipeg Police Service are looking for information this weekend in two separate homicide investigations.