A 29-year-old man, Ryan manoakeesick winnipeg, has been charged with killing five people on Sunday. The victims were his wife Amanda Clearwater (age 30), their three young children - Bethany (age 6), Jayven (age 4) and Isabella (2 1⁄2 months), and Amanda's 17-year-old niece Myah Gratton.
Manoakeesick lived with his family in the town of Carman, northwest of Winnipeg. He is a member of the Garden Hill First Nation, an Indigenous community about 600 km from Winnipeg.
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The police (RCMP) have not given a reason for why Manoakeesick allegedly committed these murders across three different places near Carman. They arrested him without any trouble after he pulled his children's bodies out of a burning vehicle on Highway 248 near St. Eustache.
Earlier on Sunday, the RCMP had found Amanda Clearwater's body by the side of Highway 3. They say she was the victim of a hit-and-run crash. Myah Gratton's body was discovered in the home where all six victims lived together in Carman.
Inspector Tim Arsenault said at a news conference that this tragic update will be very difficult for many people to hear. He offered thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the whole town of Carman that is grieving the loss of an entire family.
Autopsies on the victims were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday to help determine what exactly occurred. Arsenault said they cannot provide any details yet until they have a clearer understanding of what happened and when. He stated that young, innocent lives were senselessly taken, and all of Manitoba grieves with the families.
Premier Wab Kinew, the first elected Indigenous Premier of Canada, also spoke at the conference. He emphasized that an entire family has been lost, calling this a dark time in Manitoba. Kinew stressed there is no justification or explanation that can make this horrible crime acceptable.
Kinew urged all Manitobans to support one another and pray for the family in this time of darkness. As a father of three himself, he said it is impossible to imagine anything that could justify the murder of a 2 1⁄2 month old baby.
Cathy Merrick, a top First Nations leader, expressed great sorrow over the deaths. She stated that violence goes against the culture, way of life, and values of First Nations peoples.