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North End Rallies Against Neighbourhood Violence

John Lee, vice president of the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, and Nancy Flett, mother of Joseph "Beeper" Spence, who was killed by gang violence in 1995, speak during a rally Monday, October 25, 2010 with mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis at their side. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

Residents living in Winnipeg’s crime-ridden North End stood up Monday night to the violence that shook their area on Saturday.

Three people were shot, leading to the deaths of two men and leaving a 13-year-old girl in hospital with upper body injuries.

Joined on stage by mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis, residents came together at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre on Robinson Street to rally against violence and share their stories on how crime has impacted their lives.

One of those people who spoke was Nancy Flett, the mother of Joseph “Beeper” Spence, who was gunned down in July 1995 at the age of 13. Known simply as “Beeper” to friends, Joseph was killed in a drive-by shooting after being mistaken as a rival gang member.

Winnipeg police appealed to the public Monday to come forward with any information on Saturday’s killings that may be useful in their investigation.

A description of the suspect, or suspects, was provided earlier in the day.

  • Jason

    You guys are quick. This thing barely just ended at the time of this story.

  • Biff

    The entire North End needs to be bombed. That will eliminate 99% of crime in this city.

  • keith

    but biff – bombing is illegal and by doing so it would put 100% of crime in the north end.
    That is not a very good idea.

  • Candice

    The problem in the North End is poverty – plain and simple. The living conditions of the homes where these shootings took place are absolutely deplorable. Mix in the rampant drug problem and mental illness and you have violence.

    What are the chances the person who killed these two men was either spun out on drugs or intoxicated? It’s one big vicious cycle. These Manitoba Housing complexes, or “slums,” are targets for crime and other domestic issues.

  • WpgCameraMan

    Another podium fail for Judy.

  • Ella

    What does Judy know about stopping crime? She’s never done anything but stand in the way of making our criminal “legal” not “justice” system be fair for the victim or actually punish the criminal. The idea that Judy would show up shows just how out of touch she hopes we voters are.