Murder in Nepean: the young woman had just settled for her studies, from Nunavut

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Murder in Nepean: the young woman had just settled for her studies, from Nunavut

Savanna Pikuyak, a young Inuk woman from Nunavut, moved to Ottawa on Thursday to start a program at Algonquin College.

When 22-year-old Savanna Pikuyak said goodbye to her family over a caribou roast at their Nunavut home last week, her mother had no idea it would be the last time she would hold her daughter in her arms.

Sheba Pikuyak recalls how excited her daughter was to leave her home community of Sanirajak, Nunavut, and embark on a new adventure, a big city, with hopes of one day becoming a nurse.

Her mom says her daughter arrived in Ottawa on Thursday. The young Inuk woman moved into a shared room she had found on Facebook near Algonquin College. She had just started her studies there in a preparatory health science program.

Sheba Pikuyak said goodbye to her daughter last week ahead of her move to Ottawa. This is a screenshot of her wishes for Savanna on Facebook.

On Sunday morning, just after 10 a.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting that a woman had been badly stabbed and that a man with a knife was still in the apartment building at 34 Woodvale Green, a two-story townhouse in the southwest corner. Ottawa.

Police attended the scene, where they found Savanna, dead from her injuries. CBC News has learned that police suspect she was also sexually assaulted.

Sheba Pikuyak says it was investigators who informed her that her daughter had been killed. She also learned that a 33-year-old man was charged with second degree murder in this case. According to Ms. Pikuyak, the police told her that it was the man himself who called 911 and surrendered to the police when they arrived on the scene.

According to sources, it was Savanna's roommate. The victim's mother clarified that the family did not know this person.

Savanna's mother refers to her daughter as an intelligent and brilliant person. She tells how the young woman taught herself knitting, crocheting, beading and other crafts as a teenager. She was also an avid cook.

An active member of her community, very interested in learning about Inuit culture, Savanna participated in the Students on Ice program in Greenland and, according to her mother, in Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a post-secondary education program specifically designed for young Inuit in Ottawa.

Savanna Pikuyak, right, was a good cook, according to her mother, Sheba Pikuyak. Savanna is pictured here with her older sister, Geneva Pikuyak.

Her daughter loved to make people laugh, she says. The morning of her death, Savanna messaged her mother on Facebook, about a joke they once shared.

We called him "baby," says Ms. Pikuyak. One day I asked her, “Baby, how would you like your breakfast?” Mockingly, she answered me: "Not burnt", remembers her mother, still laughing at the mention of this memory. She had a great sense of humor.

After a brief exchange of messages, Ms. Pikuyaka recounts that she had taken care of making bannock and prepare a potluck for a family celebration. A few hours later, the police called her to tell her that her baby was dead.

In a written statement provided to CBC News, Algonquin College said it respects Savanna Pikuyak's family's request for confidentiality and is offering resources and counseling services to students and staff to deal with this tragedy. .

The College, however, declined a request for an interview to discuss off-campus housing and any security concerns such a case might cause.

Ms Pikuyak says her family is now doing their best to cope with the situation.

She was truly exceptional, she says. She had a heart of gold.

The death of Savanna Pikuyak is the fifth murder of a woman and the tenth total homicide in Ottawa this year.< /p>

With information from Avanthika Anand and Shaamini Yogaretnam , from CBC News

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