Father of slain teen condemns domestic abuse
Sandi Lynn Malcolm, 17, died early Saturday in a home on the Ebb and Flow First Nation. RCMP said they were called to the home for a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, Malcolm could not be revived.
Ronald Racette Jr., Malcolm's 19-year-old ex-boyfriend, is charged with second-degree murder. RCMP said Racette had been wanted on a warrant related to alleged "previous violence" toward her.
"There should be ways to prevent this," Sandi's father, Kingsley Malcolm, told CBC News at the evening candlelight vigil in the teen's honour. "This kind of violence doesn't belong in a house. It belongs in a war zone.
"Our little reserve is not a war zone. Things like this should not happen."
Family members held placards behind Malcolm as he spoke. One sign, printed in black marker, simply said: "Stop family violence."
Teen was 'happy-go-lucky'
Malcolm described his daughter as an "energetic, happy-go-lucky" girl.
"I want her to be remembered as a very happy person," he said. "She had a lot of friends."
She and Racette had broken up about three months ago, he said, adding he had phoned police after spotting Racette about a month ago.
"I tried my best, but I guess it wasn't good enough," he said.
RCMP allege Racette stabbed two other women at the same home where Sandi died. In addition to the murder allegation, he is also charged with aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.