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Saskatchewan stabbings: Second suspect dead after days on run following mass attack killing 10

Damien and Myles Sanderson, who are both still considered suspects in the Saskatchewan stabbings, died before being brought to justice

Johanna Chisholm,Graeme Massie
Thursday 08 September 2022 23:38 BST
10 dead and 18 injured in mass stabbings across Saskatchewan, Canada

The second suspect in the stabbing spree that killed 10 and wounded 18 people across rural Canada over the weekend has died from self-inflicted wounds after his truck was run off the road by police.

An official told the Associated Press that Myles Sanderson, 32, died after being captured around 3.30pm CST on Wednesday near the town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan.

Earlier Royal Canadian Mounted Police released the names of the 10 people who were killed during the Saskatchewan stabbings, who ranged in age from 23 to 78.

One day earlier, Damien Sanderson, 31, the second suspect and brother of Myles, was found dead from wounds that did not appear to be self-inflicted, police said.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said during a press conference on Wednesday night that with the deaths of both Myles and Damien, who she noted was still considered a suspect, the motive behind the carnage that unfolded on Sunday may never be known.

“His motivation may, at this time and forever, may only be known to Myles,” she said.


Trudeau offers ‘whatever resources are needed’ to help catch Myles Sanderson

ICYMI: “Being there with whatever supports are needed right now in this moment of crisis is our focus,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon.

“As a federal government, we’re ensuring that whatever resources are needed by the police and jurisdiction are received to be able to put an end to this situation, and to allow people to grieve without fear and to start the healing process that will take an awfully, awfully long time, because this was an incredibly horrific and traumatic event.”

Graeme Massie7 September 2022 11:05

An 11-year-old boy injured in the attacks watched his mother and older brother die, reports

Brian Burns, a resident of James Smith First Nation, was out of town at a horse racing competition on Sunday when he learned the news that his wife, Gloria Burns, and 28-year-old son, Gregory Burns, had all died at the hands of two men suspected of carrying out one of Canada’s deadliest mass killings.

“Wow not the call to wake up to this morning,” he wrote on Facebook the morning of the mass stabbing event. Mr Burns’ other son, 11-year-old Dayson, was also stabbed and injured during the attack. He was released from hospital on Monday with stitches, but the trauma of watching his mother and brother die is a wound his father says will not likely heal.

“it’s hard when my boys cry at night for their mom,” he wrote Tuesday, noting that the family was unable to get back inside the home “to grab anything” because there was “too much blood inside” the house that he and his “wife built together”

“even when the rcmp are done collecting evidence n autopsy are done they are bringing in professional cleaners,” he added, unsure if his remaining sons will ever want to enter the family home where they watched two of their own die.

Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 11:35

Myles Sanderson reportedly went to Regina after mass stabbing event to make final ‘goodbyes’

When Myles Sanderson was reportedly last seen on Sunday morning in Regina, more than 300km away from where a bloody series of stabbing attacks were carried out at James Smith Cree Nation hours earlier, he was reportedly making a final round of goodbyes to family and friends.

The Daily Beast reportedly exclusively, citing unnamed sources who were close to the manhunt for the 30-year-old suspect, that Myles drove into the city “to see [those Regina connections] for the last time.”

Some of the sources in the report relayed to The Daily Beast that one of the theories that they currently suspect is that the remaining alive suspect has since died by suicide.

“If Myles Sanderson was alive and being harboured somewhere by someone, we’d know about it by now,” one of the sources quoted in the news story told The Daily Beast.

Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 12:24

Saskatchewan public schools in ‘hold and secure’ until further notice

ICYMI: Divisions of public schools in Saskatchewan announced on Tuesday that schools in their network would remain in “hold and secure” until further notice as one of the suspects in the mass stabbing event remains at large.

“As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom after this Labour Day weekend, we do it with heavy hearts,” the Northwest School Division wrote in a statement on their website.

“With one suspect still at large, we will be hyper vigilant in maintaining the safety of students, teachers and school staff. All schools will be in Hold & Secure until further notice,” the statement read, noting that this will mean that doors into the building will be locked throughout the school day, recess and breaks will be indoors, and guests will not be able to enter the building.

“Again, thank you for your continued partnership with us, as we work to keep our school community safe and aware of this evolving situation,” it closed.

Graeme Massie7 September 2022 13:01

White House Press Secretary acknowledges Saskatchewan stabbings in address

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre commented on the Saskatchewan stabbing spree on Tuesday, calling it “senseless.”

“We stand with Canada, our ally and neighbor and all those affected by this tragedy and condemn this senseless violence,” Ms Jean-Pierre said during a White House briefing.

Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 13:30

James Smith Cree Nation reaches $100,000 GoFundMe goal, asks not to contribute to other online fundraisers

The James Smith Cree Nation’s GoFundMe campaign reached its $100,000 goal on Tuesday and sent out a statement informing the public that there are no other online fundraising campaigns that have been endorsed by the First Nation.

“The leadership of James Smith Cree Nation is grateful to all the donors who have contributed funds to support its affected members,” the statement, shared on Twitter, read.

“Please help us spread the word that any other crowdfunding campaigns have not been endorsed by James Smith Cree Nation nor JSCN-EOC.”

Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 14:33

Vigils for the victims of the Saskatchewan stabbings scheduled throughout the province

The First Nations University of Canada, a post-secondary institution and federated college of the University of Regina based Saskatchewan, announced in a statement on Tuesday they’d be holding a vigil to commemorate the victims and the survivors touched by the massacre that unfolded in northern Saskatchewan this week.

“On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm, the Regina, Saskatoon, and Northern (PA) campuses will simultaneously host a candlelight and prayer vigil,” a statement from the president, Dr Jacqueline Ottmann, read.

On Friday, the university said that it plans to host a prayer gathering for all faiths at 12pm, which will be happening across post-secondary institutions in the province, including the First Nations University of Canada Regina Campus, University of Regina, Luther College, and Campion College.

“Please continue to be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your families safe,” the president wrote.

Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 14:45

RCMP release full list of names and photos of the deceased victims

Royal Canadian Mounted Police have released the full list of names of the 10 people who were killed during the Saskatchewan stabbings on Sunday.

Nine of the people killed in what is being described as one of the deadliest mass killing events in Canadian history were from James Smith Cree Nation, while one person was from the Saskatchewan village of Weldon.

The individuals who died from the deadly stabbing attacks range in age from 23 to 78. They include: Thomas Burns, Carol Burns, Gregory Burns, Lydia Gloria Burns, Bonnie Burns, Earl Burns, Lana Head, Christian Head, and Robert Sanderson of the First Nation and Wesley Petterson of Weldon, the Canadian Press reported.

The nine people who were killed on James Smith Cree Nation on Sunday are pictured alongside the one person who was killed in the Saskatchewan village of Weldon on 4 September 2022
The nine people who were killed on James Smith Cree Nation on Sunday are pictured alongside the one person who was killed in the Saskatchewan village of Weldon on 4 September 2022 (RCMP)
Johanna Chisholm7 September 2022 15:14

Saskatchewan stabbing suspect Myles Sanderson in police custody

Myles Sanderson, a suspect in the stabbing spree that killed 10 and wounded 18 people across rural Canada over the weekend, has been arrested, the CBC reports.

The 30-year-old was apprehended around 3.30pm CST on Wednesday near the town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan.

Josh Marcus has the story.

Graeme Massie7 September 2022 23:21

Saskatchewan stabbings suspects: Everything we know about Damien and Myles Sanderson in the deadly attack

Two men are suspected to have carried out a spate of stabbings across Saskatchewan in one of the deadliest mass killings in Canada’s history.

At 5.40am on Sunday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern Saskatchewan received multiple 911 calls about reported stabbings taking place across the James Smith Cree Nation, a First Nation composed of three communities which is located about 300km north of the province’s capital of Regina.

Everything we know about Damien and Myles Sanderson in the Saskatchewan stabbings

One of the suspects, Myles Sanderson, 30, was reportedly listed as ’unlawfully at large’ by Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers in May

Graeme Massie7 September 2022 23:46

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