Man in his 30s dead of Christmas Eve homicide in Winnipeg’s Spence neighbourhood

Winnipeg police are investigating a homicide on the third Christmas in a row.

At about 5:40 p.m. on Christmas Eve, emergency responders were called to a house on Furby Street in the inner-city Spence neighbourhood, Const. Jay Murray said.

They found a badly injured man in his 30s. He was taken to hospital in critical condition but died of his injuries.

Homicide detectives are investigating, Murray said.

The death continues a grim streak for Winnipeg.

On Christmas Day 2019, Gordon Edward Pashe, 37, died after he was found badly injured near the intersection of Salter Street and Redwood Avenue in the city’s North End.

On Christmas Day, 2018, Tyler Evan Smoke, 26, was found badly injured around in a back lane between Victor Street and Toronto Street in the West End. He was taken in critical condition to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Winnipeg Police Service’s armoured vehicle was used outside a Redwood Avenue home near where Gordon Edward Pashe was found lying on a sidewalk on Christmas Day 2019. (Bartley Kives/CBC)

The Christmas Eve homicide on Furby Street is the 42nd homicide investigated by Winnipeg police in 2020.

The June 2020 homicide of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe is believed to have happened in the city, but his body was found in Portage la Prairie so the RCMP are investigating, Murray said. If his death is included, a total of 43 homicides have taken place in the city so far this year. 

Police cordoned off this back lane in the West End as they investigated a homicide on Christmas Day. (Bartley Kives/CBC)