Carman, Manitoba – A tragic incident has left the community of Carman, Manitoba in shock after a 29-year-old man was charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The victims included his 30-year-old partner, their three young children, and a relative of the partner. The bodies of the victims were discovered in southern Manitoba on Sunday, prompting widespread grief and mourning in the local area.
According to RCMP, the suspect, Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, and the victims all lived together in the community of Carman, located 75 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg. The youngest victim was only 2½-months-old, while the oldest was a 17-year-old relative of the suspect’s partner. Autopsies on the victims began on Monday and were set to continue the following day, as the community grappled with the devastating news.
The tragic incident unfolded in multiple stages, with the victims’ bodies being found in three separate locations in southern Manitoba. The discovery began with a report of a hit and run on Highway 3, which led to the finding of the suspect’s common-law partner’s body in a ditch just off the highway.
Subsequent events involved officers responding to a report of a burning vehicle 70 kilometers north of Carman, where they found the lifeless bodies of the three young children. The suspect was also found at the scene and taken into custody. Finally, a 17-year-old was found dead inside a home in Carman, marking the endpoint of a harrowing sequence of events.
Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew expressed deep sorrow at the news, describing the incident as “pure darkness” and urging people to come together to support each other in the wake of the tragedy. The emotional impact of the incident was also felt by Cathy Merrick, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, who emphasized the need to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future through respect for life and responsible leadership.
The devastating loss has left the community reeling, with loved ones mourning the senseless deaths of their family members. As the investigation continues and the community comes to terms with the magnitude of the tragedy, the profound impact of the incident will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark on the province of Manitoba.