Edmonton homicide count nearly on par with 2019

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The latest homicides occurred in early August. On Aug. 5, 38-year-old Tyler Lines died of blunt force trauma near 119 Avenue and Wayne Gretzky Drive. The next day, 46-year-old Michael Podgorney and 26-year-old Riel Stamp were both stabbed to death in separate homicides.

A 17-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in Podgorney’s daytime killing on Stony Plain Road while 28-year-old Brett Cordelius Stamp, a distant relative of the Riel Stamp, is charged with first-degree murder in his killing.

Four victims were fatally shot while four others died of stab wounds. Three victims died of “sharp force injuries,” according to the medical examiner, and one died of a blunt force injury. In four cases, police withheld the cause of death.

The cause of death for Lisa Arsenault, found slain in the Royal Lodge motel off Calgary Trail in May, has not yet been released as autopsy results were pending.

Suspicious deaths

Police are also grappling with a number of suspicious deaths this year. On May 9, Mohamed Amin Hassan Jama was found dead inside his apartment suite. An autopsy determined the 34-year-old’s injuries were suspicious and further medical testing was required.

On July 26, Gabriel Sunshine died after being found in an apartment with life-threatening injuries. An autopsy was completed but unable to determine how he died or what caused his death.

The homicide unit is also investigating a hit and run that left 31-year-old Rajan Baraich dead. Police believe there was an altercation prior to the hit and run in the area of 107 Avenue and 102 Street on June 25. Baraich’s death was deemed suspicious, but his cause of death has not been released.

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