On the day the province is remembering female victims of violence, Winnipeg police say Candace Monias — the 28-year-old woman found dead in Winnipeg's Old Tuxedo on Nov. 26 — died at the hands of her partner, Charley Harper, 29.

Harper was bound by two probation orders to stay away from Monias following previous domestic disputes, police said.

"We certainly knew the history between the two," Const. Jason Michalyshen said on Friday.


On Friday, Const. Jason Michalyshen said 28-year-old Candace Monias had filed two separate protection orders against Charley Harper, 29. Following Monias's death, Harper was charged with second degree murder.

Monias and Harper, who are both from Garden Hill First Nation, Man., were visiting Winnipeg on Nov. 26 when they got into an argument in a suite on Tuxedo Avenue, Michalyshen said. 


Officers and emergency crews found Candace Monias dead in a suite in the 100 block of the city's Tuxedo Avenue on Nov. 26 around 10 a.m. (Courtney Rutherford/CBC)

Harper allegedly assaulted Monias, rendering her unconscious, and she died of her injuries, police said.

Michalyshen would not say whether Harper called police, but he said someone in the Tuxedo suite who had had contact with Monias made the call.

"It does appear that there were people there, maybe socializing previously.… It appears alcohol was involved," he said. "I'm not aware of anyone there witnessing the assault."

Harper has been charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody.

Candace Monias and Charley Harper

Candace Monias and Charley Harper (Photobucket)

Monias's death follows that of Camille Runke, who was shot dead on Oct. 30 by her estranged husband, who killed himself following her murder.

Runke had filed a protection order against her husband..

Not long before Runke was killed, Selena Keeper, 20, was allegedly killed by the father of her child, Ray William Everett, 20.

Keeper had applied for a protection order, but the application was denied.

On Friday, the Winnipeg Police Board reported the Winnipeg Police Service responds to approximately 14,000 domestic calls a year, and of those, around 2,000 criminal charged are laid.