By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Feb 13/2016
10 Year-Old Son Tried To Save His Mom From Fatal Attack
Mavis Ducharme, 39, died after a violent attack in Winnipeg last weekend. Tuesday night, more than 100 people gathered at a vigil to honor and mourn Mavis.
Mourners stood along a sidewalk on the street of Stella Ave while supporters crowded around members of Ducharme’s family as drummers from the indigenous community sang traditional songs in honor of Mavis.
A memorial was set up by a tree, with some stuffed toys, including a collage of photographs and group of candles put in the snow by those in attendance.
“It’s really overwhelming I wasn’t expecting this, all the support we’ve received. Sometimes I have to go to the corner of the room to cry about it,” said Mavis’s older brother, Peter Ducharme.
Mavis had six children and was predeceased by her adult daughter, Savanna.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Police said two people attacked Mavis and a man, whom family members identified as her longtime partner, Shannon Kirkness. He was beaten unconscious. Family members said Mavis ran to a neighbour’s house in an effort to draw the attackers away from her children who were inside her home. The attackers followed and kept beating her until police arrived. Paramedics rushed her to hospital, where she later died from the attack.
Son ‘tried to fight back,’ uncle says
Peter says he heard one of the attackers grabbed Mavis’s 10-year-old son, and threw him against the wall and choked him against the wall.
“He stood up and he tried to fight back,” Peter said. “He’s just like 10-years-old and he tried to save his mom.”
Mavis’s son later identified the suspects to police.
Kashtin Flett, 23, has been charged with 2nd-degree murder, assault and breaking and entering. Nikina Houle, 23, is charged with manslaughter and breaking and entering to commit assault.
Red Power Media caught up with a couple AIM supporters from Winnipeg who came to offer prayers, a song and to pay their respects to Mavis and the Ducharme family. They, like many others at the vigil; called for the violence to end.
Prominent MMIW activist Sandy Banman, one of Mavis’s friends, sang and drummed with others at the vigil.
Sandy believes that connecting with culture and spirituality will help stop violence in the Indigenous community.
She said people need to step up and figure out why so many indigenous men and women face violence.
“Nobody is coming to save us. We’re going to have to do this ourselves,” she said.
(Facebook Photo: Fire lit for Mavis Ducharme in Grand Rapids.)
A memorial service for Mavis to be held Feb. 13 in Grand Rapids.
Close relative Jo Cowley has also set-up a GoFundMe called: Mavis Ducharme Children’s fund.