'I don't know why someone would want to hurt my baby sister': Aspiring doctor found dead in Winnipeg apartment
Sheena-Marie Dubois told CBC in 2013 she dreamed of practising medicine on a First Nation
Christine Baker said it only took one word from police and she knew her sister had died.
Her younger sister, Sheena-Marie Dubois, was found dead inside of her Young Street apartment on Nov. 6.
"I'm thrown for a loop," said Baker. "I don't know why someone would want to hurt my baby sister."
Baker has no idea how her sister died, but said she believes someone hurt her. She said she had to cover up scratches and bruises on the 30-year-old's body for her funeral.
"[Police] couldn't give me anything then. They can't give me anything now," said Baker.
Winnipeg Police Service said there is an open and active investigation being led by the homicide unit. Const. Rob Carver said Dubois's death is considered suspicious.
Baker said her sister's short life was filled with physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She said they both were in the child welfare system and battled addictions.
"[Our] mother was never around. She was an alcoholic," said Baker. "I was basically Sheena's mother — I was there for her. She went through a lot."
In 2013, Dubois was profiled by CBC News about what she had overcome to get to university. She was entering her fourth year of her bachelor of science program at the University of Manitoba.
Sheena-Marie Dubois talked to CBC about her dreams of becoming a doctor:
"When I do get into medical school — because I will get into medical school — I know I'm going to have a really good future, despite all the circumstances that I had growing up as a child," she said during that 2013 interview.
She was also studying to take the Medical College Admission Test. During the interview, she said that statistically, because she was First Nations from Sagkeeng, she shouldn't be studying for the MCAT.
"The Aboriginal women out there, that are dead in a ditch, that are not here — and right now, I am here at the University of Manitoba studying to be a doctor of medicine.… Something had to be there carrying me along the way," she said.
Baker said her sister was a passionate voice around missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girls, because she was a survivor of sexual exploitation.
"Now she's one of them," said Baker. "It's so shocking because she was fighting for that."
She said Dubois went to police two years ago about the man who exploited her when she was a young teen.
Her sister found the strength to finally speak up because of the Indigenous women who never got the chance, Baker said.
"She was tired of being afraid. She couldn't move forward. She couldn't let it go," she said. "She wanted justice."
Baker said Dubois was set to testify at the man's trial in the new year.