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Recent violent crimes 'heartbreaking' says North Central Regina resident

The White Pony Lodge says recent violent crimes in North Central shows volunteer patrols are needed.

Community deals with 1 homicide, 2 attempted murders over past 2 weeks

Shawna Oochoo, program coordinator with White Pony Lodge, says the community organization will be starting a support group and sharing circle for survivors of residential schools, which will run on a trial basis through the month of January. (Adam Hunter /CBC)

A woman helping to organize patrols through Regina's North Central neighbourhood is calling recent violent crimes there "heartbreaking."

"It definitely has affected myself. It's always heartbreaking knowing we lose people within our communities," said Shawna Oochoo with White Pony Lodge, the group behind the patrols. 

1 homicide, 2 attempted murders

On May 10, police were called to the 1300 block of Elphinstone just after 7:30 p.m. CST. Wilburn Campbell, 37, was found injured on the sidewalk. He was confirmed dead later in hospital. No charges have been laid. It was the city's third homicide of the year.

The next day, a 14-year-old boy was the victim of what police called a "serious sustained physical assault." A 27-year-old and 17-year-old have been charged with attempted murder. It happened on the 1100 block of Cameron Street.

On May 5, at about 8:00 p.m., police said a vehicle drove up on the 2900 block of Dewdney and a 21-year-old man standing outside a business was shot. An 18-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder.

Volunteer patrols 'needed'

Regina North Central homicides in 2016

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Regina's North Central is dealing with a number of recent violent crimes. Here's a look at where they occurred and the victims.

Oochoo is organizing the White Pony Lodge's volunteer patrols of North Central. 

"It really motivates us to continue to keep moving forward," Oochoo said. "It shows that something definitely is needed within our community."

Oochoo said the focus now is to train volunteers. She hopes to launch patrols on June 17, running every Friday and Saturday.

Regina's first 2 homicides

On the morning of March 29 police were called to the 1000 block Princess Street. Andre Aubertin, 56, was killed.
A 27 and a 33-year-old man were charged with second-degree murder.

And the city's first homicide happened on Feb. 20 on the 700 block of Garnet Street. The victim was 26-year-old Joshua Harden. Three teenage boys, ages 14,15 and 17, and a 22 year-old man are all facing charges of second-degree murder.

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