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Man charged with five murders, including his three children, near Carman, Manitoba

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba (RCMP) are charging Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, 29, with the first degree murder of his three children, his partner and a 17-year-old girl related to the couple.

The victims were found in three different locations near Carman on Sunday.

That day, around 7:30 a.m., RCMP officers responded to a report of an accident near Carman. A woman was found dead at the scene. Police say she was the 30-year-old partner of the man arrested.

Subsequently, Headingley RCMP received a second report near Highway 424, where officers discovered three children who had been pulled from a burning vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. They included the couple's 4-year-old son, as well as their daughters, aged 2 months and 6 years.

The 29-year-old man was arrested on site.

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Police then went to a house located in Carman, where they discovered a teenage girl dead.

De “Innocent young lives were senselessly taken yesterday, and we grieve with all Manitobans,” RCMP investigator Tim Arseneault said at a news conference Monday. Our thoughts are also with the community of Carman, who is mourning the loss of an entire family.

All the victims and the suspect lived together in a residence in the municipality, indicates Mr. Arseneault.

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Police officers and Rescuers notably went near Highway 248 in southern Manitoba on Sunday. (Archive photo)

As to whether it was an event of domestic violence or family violence, the police limited themselves to saying that it was ;is “an investigation into five homicides.”

“Know the reasons [behind these crimes ], this is what we are investigating at the moment. It will take time to get the answers and we want to do things correctly,” says Tim Arseneault.

The RCMP says police are still at Carman's residence.

Nancy Clearwater identified the 30-year-old woman killed as being his daughter, Amanda Clearwater. The children killed were her grandchildren, Bethany, aged 6, Jayven, aged 4, and Isabella Manoakeesick, aged two months.

Nancy Clearwater identified the 17-year-old as Myah Gratton, her niece.

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Nancy Clearwater identifies the victims as Amanda Clearwater, Bethany, Jayven and Isabella Manoakeesick as well as Myah Gratton.

Residents of Carman, located about 70 kilometers southeast of Winnipeg, are in shock after the events of the weekend.

I think the whole village is in shock and mourning. This is very shocking. People need to realize that things can happen anywhere, whether it's a small town or a big city, says Suzie Stewart, who lives in Carman.

Prairie Rose School Division Superintendent Terry Osiowy released a message Monday expressing his thoughts and deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Support is offered to students in this community of just over 3,500 people.

Crisis response teams are in place at Carman High School and Elementary School, both frequented the young victims, specifies the press release.

What we feel is that all The world is probably in a state of shock and disbelief at the idea that such a tragedy could strike our community and because of the complexity of it, specifies Terry Osiowy.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Cathy Merrick was at the news conference Monday to offer her support.

It breaks my heart to talk about it. […] We must prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to our families, she said, her voice hoarse with emotion.

The Premier of Manitoba addressed Manitobans on Monday in response to the Carman tragedy which left 5 dead, including three children and a teenager, on Sunday.

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew was also present and offered his support to the grieving family.

There is no explanation that would make this acceptable. It's pure and simple darkness, he said.

I want to tell Manitobans that we are not powerless in the face of darkness. We can act and work together to protect vulnerable people. We can offer comfort. We can offer our support.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116