‘It was hor­rific’

Man, woman des­per­ately tried to help Spence Street slay­ing vic­tim

SundayXtra - - FRONT PAGE - By Jes­sica Botelho-Ur­ban­ski

AMAN who tried to help a se­verely in­jured, un­con­scious man ly­ing face down on Spence Street early Satur­day morn­ing told the Free Press the vic­tim was cov­ered in blood and ap­peared to have sev­eral large, deep knife wounds.

Po­lice con­firmed the in­jured man did not sur­vive, and the death is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a homi­cide.

The vic­tim’s name has not been re­leased, and no ar­rests have been made.

Speak­ing near the scene this morn­ing, David Gau­mond de­scribed hear­ing a woman scream­ing for help out­side his home in the 500 block of Spence near Cum­ber­land Av­enue around 1:40 a.m.

Gau­mond said the woman, likely in her 20s, dis­cov­ered the blood­ied man di­rectly in front of Gau­mond’s house.

Gau­mond rushed out and found a man ly­ing face down on the street. The man, who ap­peared to have stab wounds across his back, looked to be Cau­casian, in his late 50s or early 60s, and was wear­ing a re­flec­tive strap that looked like part of a con­struc­tion worker’s uni­form, he said.

“(The woman) was on the phone with the paramedics at the time and they were ask­ing her to flip him — and he was so full of blood that she didn’t re­ally want to touch him,” said Gau­mond, who then tried to flip the man over.

“He was not even re­spon­sive to that or lift­ing his mouth up or any­thing,” he said.

“Once I flipped him over, from even the first touch, even through his clothes, I could tell he was al­ready get­ting cold.”

Nei­ther Gau­mond nor the woman could feel the man’s pulse. Gau­mond said the man also had two or three more large stab wounds in his chest. He de­scribed the stab wounds as be­ing about 2.5 inches thick.

“It was hor­rific. The stab wounds were even hor­i­zon­tal to try and get between ribs. Th­ese peo­ple, who­ever stabbed him, re­ally knew what they were do­ing when it comes to blades.”

Po­lice said Satur­day a man was

‘(The woman) was on the phone with the paramedics at the time and they were ask­ing her to flip him — and he was so full of blood that she didn’t re­ally want to touch him’ — David Gau­mond (above) de­scrib­ing scene of slay­ing

rushed to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries but did not sur­vive. Po­lice have yet to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion as the homi­cide unit in­ves­ti­gates.

Gau­mond said he tried to trace the trail of blood left by the vic­tim, a man he’d seen in the area two days prior but didn’t know per­son­ally.

“Be­fore the po­lice showed up and be­fore they taped it off, I fol­lowed some blood spat­ter, some blood drip­page, up the street and then across the boule­vard,” Gau­mond said, re­fer­ring to the boule­vard on Cum­ber­land Av­enue.

Gau­mond didn’t hear any com­mo­tion on his street be­fore dis­cov­er­ing the body in front of his house. He said he feels sick­ened and sad by what hap­pened.

“I think he was just an un­for­tu­nate per­son that just ran into the wrong peo­ple at the wrong time,” he said. “It’s not ev­ery day you get to... see some­one dead in front of your house. It’s pretty sick­en­ing.”

Any­one with more in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact mem­bers of the Win­nipeg Po­lice Ser­vice homi­cide unit at 204-986- 6508 or Crime Stop­pers at 204786-TIPS (8477).

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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