WINNIPEG – A vigil was held for the 26-year-old man from Oxford House, the victim in Tuesday morning’s homicide downtown.
Cyril Quentin Weenusk died after getting into a fight with a group of people near the corner of Portage and Donald that turned fatal.
“It really hurts, my cousin was a very outgoing guy, he will surely be missed,” Rick Wass, Weenusk’s cousin said. “This is hard for us to experience.”
Weenusk was the father of four young children.
It was an emotional evening as family, friends and strangers joined together outside of the MTS Centre, close to where the father was attacked.
“Just a very good guy, pride in his family and himself,” said Sheila North Wilson, MKO Chief who is also Weenusk’s cousin.
Sources are telling us this was a violent beating and Weenusk may have even been curb stomped.
Police could not confirm this but Constable Rob Carver says the victim did not know the people who wound up killing him.
“It looks like it was an altercation, a spur-of-the-moment, chance encounter on the street,” Carver explains. “It doesn’t appear at this point that weapons were used.”
Police won’t say why the two sides got into a fight in the first place but they don’t think it was a robbery.
There is no suspect description at this point and no arrests have been made, but Carver says they are now looking for three or more suspects.
He says they are checking security footage at the moment because there do not appear to be any witnesses to the attack.
There were questions about why police had not yet released the identity of the victim, or at the very least the gender. Those questions pushed police to get the info out.
“Looking back, I think we would have been able to have released that it was a male deceased. I think in everyone’s interest we would have done that, if hindsight is 20/20,” Carver explains. “There were questions about whether or not this impacted anyone’s view of downtown safety. We really wanted to get it out as soon as possible to show this was an altercation that isn’t the sort of incident that should necessarily alter the average person’s view of safety in the downtown area.”
Carver also admitted that the fact Weenusk is from out of town made the identification process take a little longer, as well as why it longer to notify next-of-kin.
Anyone who may have seen anything to call homicide detectives at 204-986-6508.