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Second death on Roseau River First Nation

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RCMP and Dakota Ojibway police are investigating a second death in two days on Roseau River First Nation.

On Friday, RCMP said they were assisting the Dakota Ojibway Police Service in the investigation into a death on the reserve and no other details were released.

Then Saturday afternoon, the Mounties confirmed they are probing a second death but haven't released details about the circumstances of the deaths or whether they're connected.

Late Saturday afternoon, Roseau River First Nation Chief Ken Henry said the community about 90 kilometres south of Winnipeg is reeling.

"There are a lot of heavy hearts at the moment," he said in a short phone interview. "We're trying to make sense of these tragic events."

Henry said he was advised that two people died within 24 hours. But he wasn't able to provide details of the deaths because of the active police investigation.

"There are two losses right now," he said. "We're trying to do the best we can. I hope the community can come together, and give a lot of big hugs. All we can do right now is pray for the family members."

He said band members are co-operating with Dakota Ojibway police and the RCMP.

"Right now, I can't say anything more. All we've heard is these things are being investigated."

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Updated on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM CDT: Adds quotes from Chief Ken Henry.

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