Suspect in custody in relation to two Winnipeg homicide cases

WINNIPEG — Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the killing of two homeless men in Winnipeg.

Police are expected to provide details at a briefing later today.

Donald Collins and Stony Bushie were killed on the weekend in what police believe were related attacks. Investigators say the men, 65 and 48, were found less than a block apart on Saturday.

Police said they were looking for a “person of interest” in the deaths and released four photographs of him taken from security camera video. They have not said whether the suspect in custody is the same person they were seeking.

They believe someone who was unknown to the men is responsible for both homicides.

The killings prompted police to warn Winnipeg’s homeless to be careful, avoid secluded areas and walk with others if possible. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility the cases may be linked to the death of a homeless man in the city on April 10.

The two men were remembered as friendly and polite visitors to the city’s soup kitchen lines. Homeless workers with the Downtown Winnipeg Biz said Collins and Bushie were “pleasant and engaging.”

“They had their days, but I remember both of them always being happy with what they had,” said Meaghan Wylie, a worker with the Biz group.

“They wanted a better life and they had probably gone through a lot of traumatic experiences in their past. But they were dealing with it. That was their life. That’s what they were content with.”

The Canadian Press

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