The parents of teen Jaime Adao, slain last month in a violent home invasion, are grateful another person has been arrested in their son's death but no longer feel safe in their own home.
"There's some relief. We feel relieved that another person (is in custody). "We always believed there was not just one person," Imelda Adao said Friday from Jimel's Bakery, her family's business. "It just hurts so much. It doesn't bring him back but there's a chance our son didn't die in vain.
"We are very much grateful for what they (the police) are doing to look after our son's death. They are very co-operative and very much supportive. We just want the people to pay for the crime they did and so it does not happen to anyone else."
Geordie Delmar James, 34, of Winnipeg, was charged Wednesday with manslaughter and is in custody.
"The homicide unit continues to investigate the homicide of Jaime Adao. We have no further comment," said Winnipeg Police Service Const. Jay Murray.
The 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Tec Voc High School and his 76-year-old grandmother were in their home in the 700 block of McGee Street when a break in was reported at about 9 p.m. on March 3. The teen was attacked with a weapon while he was calling 911; officers arriving on the scene shot a male suspect to stop the attack, police said.
Police have not publicly identified the type of weapon, but Imelda Adao said Jaime was fatally stabbed.
Court records viewed by the Free Press show James had a long list of previous convictions dating back to when he was 18 years old. Since 2003, he has been convicted of myriad crimes, including theft, breaking and entering, robbery, assault and weapons offences, as well as failing to comply with curfews, recognizances and court orders.
Ronald Bruce Chubb, 29, who was on probation at the time of the slaying and also has a lengthy criminal record, was taken to hospital in critical condition. He was charged on March 16, after his recovery in hospital, with second-degree murder and attempted murder.
"We just want the people to pay for the crime they did and so it does not happen to anyone else."
"We were insisting there was someone else because if there was only one person, he could not do all of those things," Imelda Adao said. "They ransacked our basement, they took some of our stuff and the person they caught (attacking Jaime) was upstairs. In the period of time — (police said officers arrived within four minutes of the 911 call) — one person could not do all of those things."
She said she and her husband found a white hoodie with blood on it under their dining table. At first, they thought it was their son's because he owned a similar piece of clothing.
Imelda said police told them what the man first charged in Jamie's killing was wearing, so they know the white hoodie belonged to a second attacker.
"That's when we had big faith that there's not only one person who broke in," she said, adding she and her husband Jaime Sr., think the suspects knew their schedule.
"We are always out of the house at the same time. In the morning, when Jaime would go to school, we would go out all together, before nine o'clock and we're coming home late because we're working, so we never had a chance to see those people.
"We know we are being watched because they know what time we are leaving. That night, we went out and they thought that Jaime and my mom was with us so they forcibly came in."
She said they have taken security precautions at their house.
"On Monday, our neighbour called and said somebody was opening our gate again," she said. "The gate was open (when they came home)."
Their other five children, who all live in the Philippines, are in Winnipeg to support their parents and help out in the two locations of Jimel's Bakery.
Their other two sons Michael and Dharen, and daughters Germelyn, Emerald and Jamie will be staying for six months but had to leave their families behind in the Philippines.
"It's so difficult to express our feelings," Imelda said. "Without them, I don't know how we will survive. And God. I think He (God) will not give us this kind of trial if we cannot survive."