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Eighteen months of killings -- 26 Manitoba youths charged

Justice officials say alarming stats show lack of concern for human life

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Here is a breakdown of the 26 Manitoba youths that have been charged in connection with homicides during the past 18 months:

2007 (14 youths charged)

June 8 -- Seven teens and one young adult are charged with second-degree murder in connection to the beating death of Scottie Mason, 22, at St. Theresa Point First Nation.

April 29 -- Two girls, 15 and 13, are charged with second-degree murder, along with an 18-year-old woman, in the beating death of a 22-year-old Pauingassi First Nation resident Ernestine Pascal.

March 26, 2007 -- A 15-year-old boy is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Thomas Roy Phillips. Phillips, 38, died after he was shot in the head and upper body while he sat in his Jeep Grand Cherokee on Magnus Avenue in the North End. Police are still looking for a second 15-year-old boy on a warrant.

Feb. 15 -- A 17-year-old boy is charged with first-degree murder in the death and disappearance of 24-year-old Roxanne Fernando. Two 19-year-olds, including Fernando's former boyfriend, are also charged.

Feb. 14 -- A 16-year-old boy and three young adults are charged with second-degree murder after Eric Harper, 18, is beaten to death at Garden Hill First Nation, which has been plagued by gang violence. A 15-year-old boy was also attacked.

Jan. 30 -- A 16-year-old girl from Shamattawa is charged with second-degree in the death of 15-year-old girl. The girls had been sniffing gasoline or solvents when they got into a dispute. The younger girl was hit on the head with a log.

2006 (12 youths charged)

Dec. 31 -- Three teen boys, an 18-year-old woman and 19-year-old man are charged with second-degree murder in connection to the beating death of 18-year-old Chemawawin Cree Nation resident Ernest Young. Young was repeatedly beaten over several hours.

Nov. 5 -- A 16-year-old boy connected to a street gang is charged with criminal negligence causing death in the accidental shooting of 16-year-old James Carter in the North End. RCMP arrest the boy two days after the shooting at St. Theresa Point.

Oct. 21 -- Three girls and a boy, aged 12 to 15, are charged in the swarming death of 34-year-old Audrey Cooper in the West End.

Aug. 9 -- A 16-year-old boy is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his 36-year-old father at their West Kildonan home.

June 17 -- A 16-year-old boy is one of seven people charged with manslaughter in the beating death of Peter Roy Debungee, 45, over a few cans of beer. The boy later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in custody. He will be under two years supervised probation once he's released.

March 25 -- A 17-year-old boy is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Leon Dumas in the North End.

Feb. 1 -- A 16-year-old girl is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Julian Otcheek in the North End. A 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were also charged.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 4, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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