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Two face murder charges after man attacked in alley

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Police have charged a 19-year-old man and 22-year-old woman with second-degree murder in the death of a man in the West End Thursday.

Clarence William Ross, 31, died Thursday after he was found injured in a back alley behind a supermarket on the 600 block of Sargent Avenue, near Sherbrook Street.

Police said the assault allegedly happened after Ross encountered the suspects near Maryland Street and Sargent Avenue after midnight Thursday. Emergency crews responded to the scene at about 12:21 a.m.

The violent attack left blood spilled across the alley, and Ross suffered serious head trauma, said a witness.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

Karen Burston, the victim's older sister, said police told her the attack was "robbery-related."

"It makes me angry, because it was just pointless," she said.

"There was no need to hurt him."

She said her brother was "fun-loving" and "happy-go-lucky," and lived with her at their Elgin Avenue home.

He planned to return to work next week, she said, and had told her he was going to buy work boots.

In the past, Burston said, her unmarried brother had worked in areas such as demolition.

She said her brother had friends all over the city, and she didn't know what he was doing in the West End the night he was killed.

Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Patrol Sgt. Monica Stothers said a weapon was used in the attack, but didn't elaborate.

Stothers didn't say if police have seized a weapon.

The accused are cousins, said Stothers.

Both allegedly fled the scene after the attack, but were found nearby by officers.

Devin Vernon Williams-Wapash, 19, was charged with second-degree murder. There was also a warrant to apprehend him at the time of his arrest, and he was charged with two probation breaches.

Danyell Williams, 22, was also charged with second-degree murder.

It's the city's 15th homicide of the year.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 19, 2012 B2

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