(Adds the identities of the victims and the alleged murderer and statements at the press conference this Monday)
Toronto (Canada), February 12 (EFE).- The Canadian Police accused this Monday Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, 29, of the murder on Sunday 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 along with the bodies of his three children.
The victims were located in three different locations in the town of Carman, about 2,000 kilometers northwest of Toronto and with a population of about 3,000 people.
According to the police report, early Sunday morning authorities found a dead woman, later identified as Amanda Clearwater, in a canal next to a highway near Carman.
Shortly after, police received information about a vehicle on fire on another road in Carman.
At the scene where the car was burning, officers found the lifeless bodies of the three children and Manoakeesick, who was arrested at the 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 have 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. EFE