An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the April 2013 shooting death of Nigel Dixon, while friends of the slain man says his death is still fresh and painful to them.
Dixon, 20, was shot in broad daylight, at about 4 p.m., in the 500 block of Langside Street. He was walking with a woman — his step sister — who was also shot but survived.
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At the time, police said the two had been in the wrong place at the wrong time, calling it a case of mistaken identity.
A group of people approached Dixon and the woman, accusing them of being in a gang, according to police.
When they denied involvement and tried to flee, they were shot from behind. Dixon was rushed to hospital, where he later died.
Police searched for a suspect but could not find him and it was believed he fled the province, so a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.
In January, police requested the public and the media’s help in finding him.
He was located in Vancouver last week, taken into custody and returned to Winnipeg, where he faces second-degree murder and attempted murder charges.
Crystal Leach, who was a friend and mentor to Dixon, says his family's grief is still fresh almost one year later.
"This will never be closed for them … their life is ruined," she said.
"They're heartbroken to beyond belief, and whatever we can do for them is what we're going to do for them."
Dixon was a soft-spoken man who wanted to work with youth in the community, Leach said.
A memorial service is being planned for April 2, the one-year anniversary of Dixon's death.