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Housing complex will meet to discuss killing

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Community information meetings will be held today at the Manitoba Housing complex where a man was stabbed to death last Friday morning.

Phillepp Rick George Amos, 25, was beaten and stabbed Friday outside a North End apartment block. On Monday, police announced 26-year-old Damian Geoffrey Fontaine had been charged with second-degree murder.

The death, the city's 19th homicide of the year, occurred after an altercation in a courtyard of the complex at Robinson Street and Flora Avenue just after 4 a.m., involving Amos, Fontaine and a 38-year-old man who was also taken to hospital but was in stable condition.

At the scene of the homicide on Friday morning, a number of residents, including some with young school-age children, expressed concerns about safety and security in the area.

At the community information forums today at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on the main floor of the building at 269 Dufferin Ave., Manitoba Housing staff will be answering questions at the meeting.

Residents have been invited "to hear about security, tenant resources and additional supports in your community."

Police sources told the Free Press that Amos was killed with his own weapon and may have been trying to carry out vigilante justice against Fontaine, an accused sex offender.

Amos had apparently brought the machete with him to the courtyard.

Fontaine had been living in the area while out on bail for allegedly raping a female acquaintance. He was charged in 2009 with aggravated sexual assault. The case remains before the courts.

Court documents show Fontaine is accused of confining the woman, choking and sexually assaulting her. He was also out on probation at the time of that alleged incident for previous convictions, including causing a disturbance and possessing stolen property.

Fontaine is being held in custody. None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.

Amos was out on bail at the time he was slain, was wanted on a warrant after missing court last week and was under a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

He was charged in connection with the seizure of ammunition on July 27.

The police stolen-auto unit considered Amos among their highest-risk offenders. He was being monitored by a community corrections worker and a probation officer.

-with files from Mike McIntyre and James Turner

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