Canadian police have charged Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, 29, with murder of his three children, his partner and a 17-year-old girl in a rural community in the province of Manitoba, in the west of the country.
In a press conference, the inspector of the Canadian Mounted Police, Tim Arsenault, pointed out that the deceased are Bethany, six years old; Jayven, four, and Isabella, two and a half months; the children’s mother, Amanda Clearwater, 30, and her niece, Myah Gratton, 17.
Manoakeesick was arrested on Sunday next to the bodies of his three children.
The victims were located in three different places in the town of Carman, about 2,000 kilometers northwest of Toronto and with a population of about 3,000 people.
29yo Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, of Carman, has been charged with 5 counts of First Degree Murder in relation to the deaths of a 30yo female, their 3 children; 6yo daughter, 4yo son & 2.5-month-old daughter, and 17yo female. All 5 victims lived together in Carman, MB. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/9goooPbnRz
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) February 12, 2024
According to the police report, Early Sunday morning, authorities found a dead woman.later identified as Amanda Clearwater, in a roadside canal near Carman.
Shortly after, the police received information a vehicle on fire on another road in Carman.
At the place where the car was burning, the agents They found the lifeless bodies of the three children and Manoakeesickwho was arrested at that time.
Police later found Gratton dead in a home in Carman.
Although the Police have not indicated whether the victims are indigenous, Cathy Merrick, grand chief of the Assembly of Chiefs of Manitoba, which encompasses the indigenous communities of the province, intervened at the press conference held this Monday by the Mounted Police.
Merrick stated: “We have to prevent this from happening to our families. We only get one chance in life. We have to respect that. We must ensure that our family members respect life… We have a lot of responsibility as leaders, as mothers, as grandmothers. We are responsible for how we teach our children to have respect.”