RCMP set up a tent at the edge of Charles Hoey Park following an altercation on Cristmas Eve 2019. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Information scarce after three homicides in a month in Duncan

Nellie Williams, Fran Shurie and an unidentified third person all victims of recent homicides

“We have no updates at this time,” said Sgt. Trevor Busch of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.

“You’ll need to go to RCMP for comment,” said Andy Watson, spokesperson for the BC Coroners Service.

Three homicides in less than a month have hit Duncan, and neither the police nor the Coroners Service have any information to share.

The Cowichan Tribes community has worked hard to protect the identity of the victim of a Jan. 20 homicide on Mulaqw Road at the request of his family members and after the call for support of their chief William Seymour, but questions remain as members of the greater Cowichan community worry for their safety.

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That incident came on the heels of an incident downtown at Charles Hoey Park on Dec. 24 that killed Nellie Williams and Fran Shurie.

On Jan. 3, Mounties released a video of persons of interest in the Christmas Eve case but beyond that, no other information has been available. Police maintain there is no threat to the public and that the separate cases s are unrelated.

“This tragic incident coming so soon after the Christmas Eve tragedy has shocked and saddened the public,” said North Cowichan/Duncan Insp. Chris Bear in a press release regarding the death on Cowichan Tribes reserve land. “I ask that if any members of our communities have information that could assist in this investigation to please contact VIIMCU or the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.”

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The VIIMCU information line is 250-380-6211 and the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP number is 250-748-5522.

Seymour’s Jan. 22 letter to the Cowichan Tribes community serves as a reminder for all:

“I am asking that the community please come together and work with each other to help others in our community that may need support,” he wrote.



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