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Calgary Police Look To Speak With Man In Connection With Murder Of Christa Cachene

Christa's family made an emotional statement and pleaded with those who attended her party Saturday to come forward and help with the investigation. (Left) Aj Cachene (brother), Leslie Whitehead (father), Nancy Cachene (mother), Jaci Cachene (sister), Julian Redwood (bother-in-law).

Christa’s family made an emotional statement and pleaded with those who attended her party Saturday to come forward and help with the investigation. (Left) Aj Cachene (brother), Leslie Whitehead (father), Nancy Cachene (mother), Jaci Cachene (sister), Julian Redwood (bother-in-law). LUCIE EDWARDSON- METRO

By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Oct 14, 2015

Family Have Identified Homicide Victim Found In Calgary Home

Police are asking the public to help them track down an 18-year-old Calgary man they want to speak with in connection with a weekend murder.

Christa Cachene’s family are asking anyone who knows anything about her death to come forward.

Police were called to the 0-100 block of Ranchlands Bay N.W. at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, where they found Cachene’s body.

Calgary City Police hold the scene at a homicide on Ranchlands Bay NW in Calgary, Ab., on Monday October 12, 2015. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network Mike Drew/Calgary Sun

Calgary City Police hold the scene at a homicide on Ranchlands Bay NW in Calgary, Ab., on Monday October 12, 2015. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/Postmedia

Police believe Cachene hosted a party Saturday night in her home.

Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm said Cachene was found dead as a result of a “vicious beating”, which took place early Sunday morning after the party had ended.

A photo of 18-year-old Isaiah Riel Rider, of Calgary, has been released.

Police say they believe Rider was at the party and that he is wanted on a province-wide warrant for assault as well as a Canada-wide warrant for breaching a conditional sentencing order.

This photo was publicly visible on Rider's Facebook profile. FACEBOOK

This photo was publicly visible on Rider’s Facebook profile. FACEBOOK

Rider is described as an Aboriginal male, approximately six-foot-two, 155 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Rider’s whereabouts is asked to call the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403.266.1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip line at 403.428.8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.

Homicide victim Christa Cachene. FACEBOOK

Homicide victim Christa Cachene. FACEBOOK

Just days before her death, Cachene, 26, posted a video to her Facebook page reminding friends and family that time is valuable.

“So I realize that time is very, very valuable,” she said. “That’s a piece of your life you will never ever be able to get back, so be careful who you spend your time with.”

Video: Chryss Cache, Time is valuable 

Friends took to the social media platform to express their shock and sadness at Cachene’s passing.

Elena Tatiana commented “Going to miss you, homie” on a photo of Cachene, while Ben DoverMeow said “Rest In Paradise Christa Cachene.  Love you Cous.”

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Updated: Calgary police have confirmed RCMP located Isaiah Riel Rider and he is now in custody.

Justice System Rejected Protecting ‘Selena Keeper’ From Man Accused Of Murdering Her

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated, Oct 14, 2015

Winnipeg’s Latest Homicide Victim Had Application For Protection Order Dismissed. 

The justice system has once again failed to effectively protect an Indigenous woman.

Five months before she was brutally beaten to death in a North End Winnipeg neighbourhood, Selena Keeper, 20, was denied a protection order against the same man now accused of murdering her.

Keeper, was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m., the morning of Oct 8th. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

A Police investigation has revealed Keeper and her former boyfriend — 20 year-old, Ray William Everett, had gone to a residence, where Everett began assaulting Keeper repeatedly in the upper body. Witnesses attempted to stop the attack, but the assault continued.

The victim was left unresponsive outside the residence.

Everett was located by Police and arrested in the 500 block of Selkirk Avenue.

Everett has been charged with second-degree murder and remanded into custody.

His prior convictions include robbery and weapons related charges.

 Justice of the peace rejects protecting Keeper. 

Court records show that Keeper had applied for a protection order against Everett in May 2015, and it was marked dismissed the day after it was filed.

Keeper spoke by phone May 19 to a justice of the peace based in Brandon, Man., and alleged that she had been hit, kicked and beaten regularly by Ray William Everett.

In a recording of the May 19 hearing, Keeper tells justice of the peace Debra Motuz that she was regularly beaten during a two-year relationship with Everett, even while she was pregnant with the couple’s child.

“He would always kick me to the corners and try and kick my tummy. He would punch me. It was like an everyday routine.”

The couple broke up in 2014, but Everett continued to seek her out, Keeper said. Last December, when the two were drinking together, she was assaulted and police were called, she said.

“I just remember waking up in the hospital with four stitches on my nose — a fractured nose, a bruised face and a concussion.”

Keeper’s decision to seek a protection order was promoted by an encounter April 9 in which she told the hearing Everett “slapped me across the face.”

Selena Rose Keeper told a justice of the peace her ex abused her even when she was pregnant with their child.

Keeper filed a sworn affidavit to support her testimony, but none of the allegations was proven in court.

She also said she was concerned Everett had access to weapons because he belonged to a street gang.

Motuz rejected the application for a protection order, which would have prevented the man from contacting Keeper in any way.

“It’s an extraordinary remedy to be granted a protection order and it’s only to be granted when serious and urgent circumstances indicate a need for prompt action to protect the victim,” Motuz said toward the end of the 15-minute hearing.

“Based on the time frame — today being May 19, which is some five to six weeks after the last incident — I am not satisfied that you require protection on an immediate basis.”

The justice of the peace formally dismissed the application and asked Keeper if she understood.

“All right?”

“Yeah,” Keeper replied softly.

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 2015. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead. ORG XMIT: QR0QdyaSyLvTvaPO7oNl

Selena Rose Keeper told a justice of the peace her ex abused her even when she was pregnant with their child. FACEBOOK

Canadian justice system has repeatedly failed.

The Canadian justice system has repeatedly failed to put an end to the epidemic of violence against indigenous women.

The justice system failed to respond appropriately to Keeper’s request for protection and the level of violence she had faced.

Discrimination against indigenous women is also embedded in the criminal justice system in Canada.

Canada’s justice system must make changes in order to take immediate and comprehensive action to prevent, investigate, and punish acts of violence perpetrated against Indigenous women.

Winnipeg: Simone Sanderson’s Family Plans Vigil For 23-Year-Old Killed In North End

Simone Sanderson was killed in Winnipeg at age 23. Nearly three years after her death, her family are still looking for answers about who is responsible. (Family photo)

Simone Sanderson was killed in Winnipeg at age 23. Nearly three years after her death, her family are still looking for answers about who is responsible. (Family photo)

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Homicide victim’s family frustrated with police investigation into the death of young mom

More than two years have passed since 23-year-old Simone Sanderson was killed, and still her family is waiting for answers about what happened to her.

The woman was found dead near a lot at the corner of Burrows Avenue and Main Street in September 2012.

Days later, Winnipeg police declared her death a homicide. Since then, they’ve released few details about what happened to her.

“I have every right to know … who murdered her,” said her grandmother, Bettyann Sanderson.

Bettyann said she’s frustrated with the investigation into Simone’s death – and is particularly worried police haven’t followed up on a lead from 2013.

She said her family gave officers a license plate of a car that Simone was last seen getting into.

“What I’m really curious about is that license plate number – that car – that man,” said Bettyann. “I want police to find out who’s this car that picked Simone up? Can you find that out? Can you please tell me who it is?”

Her younger sister Ashley said Simone was in a bad spot before she was killed.

Simone Sanderson

Simone Sanderson was 23 when she was killed. Her body was found in a lot in Winnipeg’s North End in 2012. (Family photo)

“You could tell she was struggling,” Ashley said.

She said her sister was involved with drugs and drinking but she wasn’t involved in the sex trade, as police have reported previously.

“I know she wasn’t selling herself,” said Ashley. “She was a good person. She was caring … she was a good friend and she was a good mom.”

Ashley said she hopes the memorial walk drums up clues into her sister’s killing.

“I just want whoever’s out there, hopefully they see it, and just to remind them how much people loved Simone, and they should come forward and give us some closure,” said Ashley. “We want justice.”

The walk is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the corner of Burrows and Main.

If you have any information on Simone Sanderson’s case or any other unsolved cases involving missing or murdered indigenous women, email our team at mmiw@cbc.ca.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/simone-sanderson-s-family-plans-vigil-for-23-year-old-killed-in-north-end-1.3083053

Daniel Paul Arrested In Connection With Girlfriend’s Homicide

Daniel Alphonse Paul has been arrested, according to the family of his girlfriend who was found dead last month in East Vancouver. (Vancouver police)

Daniel Alphonse Paul has been arrested, according to the family of his girlfriend who was found dead last month in East Vancouver. (Vancouver police)

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The family of a murdered woman says her boyfriend Daniel Paul was arrested by Vancouver Police on Wednesday.

The body of Rose Paul, a mother of five, was found March 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver. Now her sister, Candace Paul, says she got a call from police saying he was arrested by two female police officers a month later.

“He was tried denying who he was and they’ll be busy with him for hours tonight,” Candace told CBC News.

“I can breathe now. It’s been so emotional and scary. Every day has been emotional. Just memories of my sister everywhere. We don’t have to be in fear anymore.”

Rose Paul

The body of Rose Paul, a mother of five, was found Mar. 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver. (Vancouver Police Department)

Vancouver police had offered a $10,000 for information on Daniel Paul’s whereabouts in mid-March. They said Daniel Paul has a history of committing violent offences against women and it was possible that people who know him are helping him.

Daniel Paul was arrested after two officers spotted him riding his bike downtown. When confronted, he initially denied who he was, allegedly, but was arrested without incident.

Rose’s uncle, Howard Paul, added “I’m extremely happy that they finally caught him after a month on the run.”

‘Rosie’ — as she was known to family — was raising five girls aged eight to 19. She was described as beautiful, outgoing and loving.

“She helped all the young girls with the struggles of life,” Candace Paul said.

Walk to P.A. a healing journey ‘Positive way of dealing with the loss’

Pernell Ballantyne, centre, the brother of a woman who died last week, is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.” Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

Pernell Ballantyne, centre, the brother of a woman who died last week, is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.”
Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

BY SEAN TREMBATH, THE STARPHOENIX

The brother of a woman who died earlier this month is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.”

“It’s a positive way of dealing with the loss, and to have awareness of our aboriginal women who are lost,” said Pernell Ballantyne’s wife, Dionne Doucette.

Ballantyne’s sister Monica Burns, who grew up on the James Smith Cree Nation, was found dead on a snowmobile trail near Prince Albert on Jan. 17.

Doucette said a friend visited Ballantyne while he was mourning, and a discussion between them sparked the idea for the walk. Ballantyne embarked from Saskatoon on Tuesday, walking along the side of the highway.

Doucette said he is expected to reach Prince Albert by Thursday.

She said the family is drawing strength from the hardship Ballantyne faces on the long walk.

“He’s a strong man, and he is suffering,” she said.

She referenced the continuing issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, adding it’s particularly troubling because of the sacred position of women in aboriginal culture.

“Men should be taught to treat our women with respect,” she said.

Ballantyne’s walk is not a political statement, Doucette noted — it’s about the family banding together and healing.

“Instead of turning to negative things like substance abuse, we’re getting together,” she said.

RCMP have said they’re treating Burns’ death as a homicide. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Regina to release some new information about the case.