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Stabbing victim remembered as kind, quiet resident

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Winnipeg police investigate in the 300 block of Langside Street on Sunday, the scene of Winnipeg's third killing over the long weekend.


Winnipeg police investigate in the 300 block of Langside Street on Sunday, the scene of Winnipeg's third killing over the long weekend. Photo Store

A man who was slain early Sunday morning is being remembered as a kind, quiet resident who was liked by everybody who knew him.

Brian O’Donnell, 68, was assaulted outside his home in the 300 block of Langside Street. Police were called around 5:30 a.m. where they found O’Donnell, according to a police release. O’Donnell was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

The owner of the house where O’Donnell lived, Gordon Halushka, said O’Donnell was a kind man who would often bring the newspaper in for Halushka.

"He got along with everybody in the house," Halushka said.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. but Halushka said he was sleeping at the time and didn’t hear anything.

"We just didn’t hear it and then another tenant, his wife or girlfriend, heard a noise, so he’s just in his underwear and he’s the one who spotted (the perpetrators)," he said.

Halushka said he and his wife are still in shock after hearing O’Donnell had died.

"There’s a terrible amount of blood in the hallway there," he said.

"We’re kind of numb. Every year I have a big Canada Day celebration in the house. I had got everything ready to go, (but) of course it’s cancelled now."

The area where the incident occurred, the Spence neighbourhood, is usually very safe, Haluskha said.

"During the day we have 2,000 students coming through. We’ve got tons of security, University of Winnipeg security, the BIZ security, their office is right down the street from us, and there’s cameras galore," he said.

Still, the general feeling in the neighbourhood on Sunday was one of unease.

"We all feel vulnerable here, especially the older people," Haluskha said.

He said nobody in the residence slept much last night, and the event is going to be on his mind for some time to come.

"We’re going to be thinking about this. (W)e heard he had multiple stab wounds in his back so we’re imagining him trying to escape and these bastards are knifing him like that. It just gets us going thinking about it," he said.

Naomi Shianne Ross, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the homicide and is in police custody.

O'Donnell was the third stabbing victim to die over the long weekend.

Separate stabbings in the North End early Saturday morning became murder investigations when victims in both events died from their injuries.

On Saturday at approximately 2:15 a.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue after reports of a stabbing.

Officers located two male victims suffering from knife wounds. Both were transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. While one man was later upgraded to stable condition. John James Allan Lund, 25, died from his injuries.

Anton Joseph Biggeorge, 22, has been charged with several offences including second-degree murder and attempted murder. He is being detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.

In a separate incident that same morning just hours and metres away, emergency personnel were called to the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue shortly after 4:30 a.m. for the report of a stabbing.

Officers found a man suffering from stab wounds. The man was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later succumbed to his injuries. Police have identified the victim as 30-year-old Michael James Keith Flett.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Updated on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM CDT: added age, middle name

11:20 AM: added photo

11:24 AM: fix cutline

4:05 PM: Update story, talk to resident.

4:09 PM: Add charged woman into story

4:16 PM: added in other stabbings

4:18 PM: added details

4:19 PM: added age

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