Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Baby on way, father slain

Mom-to-be weeps for dead boyfriend

  • Print

The pregnant girlfriend of a man fatally shot said he wanted to escape gang life and was looking forward to becoming a father.

Frankie Campbell, 19, said she was by her boyfriend Darren George's side as he was pulled off life support late Thursday night. The 22-year-old had been rushed to hospital after he was shot on the 700 block of Beverley Street early Wednesday morning.

Campbell said George had talked to her about wanting to move away with her to raise a family.

"A lot of people say that he was just a gang member, but he was more than that -- he was a proud daddy, he was a proud uncle, he was a proud friend, he was a proud family member," said Campbell, who sobbed in front of reporters as she spent time with members of George's family Friday at their home.

George was linked to the Native Syndicate, a street gang, and had been in trouble with the law.

But his girlfriend said he wanted out and planned to go to school and leave the area where he'd spent his whole life.

The pair had known each other for years and Campbell is three months pregnant with George's child. On Friday, she held a black-and-white ultrasound photo of the baby she'll now raise on her own.

"Because of the gang violence and stuff happening, my family and I moved to Edmonton because they wanted me to have a new start," she said.

"And me and Darren said to each other, 'If this is real love, there's going to be a way that we're going to find each other in the future,' and we did."

His mother, Natalie Matinet, said her son planned to leave Winnipeg.

"He's having a baby, and he wanted to change his life," she said.

Of her son's killer, she said later: "Why? Why did you do this, whoever you are?"

Police said shortly after the shooting, officers tracked down a taxi near Pembina Highway and Chancellor Drive.

The taxi had reportedly left the area near where the shooting happened and its occupants were temporarily taken into custody.

Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said police weren't calling the males suspects in the shooting or specifying the number of males in the cab.

"This is an ongoing investigation. The main priority right now is to locate the individuals or individual that would be responsible for this crime," Aitken said.

Anyone with information on George's death is asked to call 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477 (TIPS).

Police said George's death is the city's 37th homicide of the year.

The homicide unit is also investigating the death of Dominique McCann, 19, who died in hospital after she was rushed there Dec. 2. Although police initially described McCann as a homicide victim, they are now treating her death as suspicious.

 

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 10, 2011 B1

History

Updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM CST: Name of Dominique McCann corrected

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

It’s the End Of the Term And They Know It, Part Two

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • July 1, 2012 - 120701  -   Canada Day fireworks at The Forks from the Norwood Bridge Sunday, July 1, 2012.    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you still on the Bombers' and Jets' bandwagons?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google