8 violent deaths in Edmonton in 12 days, but nothing to worry about, experts say
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On March 16, officers Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan were killed when they surrendered in an apartment because of domestic violence.
March is not over and there have already been eight violent deaths in Edmonton, some of which were committed with a gun.
However, specialists believe that this wave does not indicate that the city is more dangerous. Should we be worried about our life? No, says Daniel Jones, associate chair of justice studies at Norquest College. Prior to this career, he was a constable with the Edmonton Police Department for 25 years.
According to him, it was more of a series of tragic incidents without link between them.
A streak that began in the early hours of March 5, when 34-year-old Nathan Frencheater was stabbed to death in the southwest Edmonton neighborhood of Haddow. A family member was arrested and charged with second degree murder.
Two days later, early in the evening of March 7, police found two people with serious injuries shot in a parked car in the Delwood area. Mohamed Lamin Fofanah, 20, and Mya Adialmouna, 21, did not survive their injuries.
At 2:30 a.m. on March 11, police attended the scene of a car accident in an alley in Beacon Heights. However, officers concluded the driver was the victim of a fatal assault after seeing the type of injuries she had. The 44-year-old died at the scene of the crime.
The next day, March 12, a man walked into a pizzeria in Woodcroft armed with a gun. He shot a 55-year-old employee before fleeing. The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
On March 15, a man was shot and killed in the Kilkenny district.
Constable Travis Jordan and Constable Brett Ryan were killed on March 16 when a 16-year-old boy shot them without giving them time to retaliate, police say #x27;Edmonton. The suspect killed himself and his mother is in hospital in serious condition.
The list is long, but Daniel Jones says we must avoid making connections between successive homicides. When I was a police officer, I remember that we had eight homicides in nine days, he adds.
This kind of circumstance is not unique. Last year, nine people were killed over a series of days. Three were killed by the police.
Temitope Oriola, a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Alberta, says explaining violent crime is difficult, but says there are multiple factors.
Accessibility to firearms is one of the problems, especially those that civilians should not possess, he says. However, he points out that substance abuse, mental health and social isolation, especially of young men, and trauma are also factors.
Daniel Jones also points out that the police services and the justice system, but also the education and the health system do not take into account the possible fact that a person violence suffers from a disorder due to one or more traumatic events.
For his part, Temitope Oriola notes that the crimes often take place in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Improving the quality of life in these neighborhoods could potentially lower the number of violent crimes: crime is a social event.
With information from Taylor Lambert< /p>