Manitoba

Father of slain teen condemns domestic abuse

The devastated father of a teenage girl stabbed to death on the weekend spoke out against domestic violence during a memorial vigil held in her honour on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.
An emotional Kingsley Malcolm speaks out at a vigil held in Winnipeg for his daughter, Sandi Lynn Malcolm, who police say was killed by her ex-boyfriend on Feb. 27. ((James Turner/CBC))
The devastated father of a teenage girl stabbed to death on the weekend spoke out against domestic violence during a memorial vigil held in her honour on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.  

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.

Sandi Lynn Malcom could not be revived after being injured during a party on the Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba. She was 17. Her family says she was stabbed to death. ((Family photo))
On Tuesday, members of Malcolm's family travelled about 300 kilometres south from the small reserve to Winnipeg to call attention to Sandi's death and to protest all acts of domestic violence.

"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.

A relative of Sandi Malcolm's holds a candle while cradling a picture of her. ((James Turner/CBC))
Autopsy results relating to Sandi Malcolm's death have not been released by the RCMP.

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.