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Virden RCMP investigating homicide

A 30-year-old woman lost her life in Sioux Valley community.
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On Nov.19, 2022, at 6:25 pm, officers from Virden RCMP received a report of a disturbance at a residence located on the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation.

Officers, along with EMS, attended and located a 30-year-old female with serious injuries who was pronounced deceased on scene.

A 20-year-old male, from Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, was arrested on scene and remains in police custody.

On November 20, 2022, RCMP charged the 20-year-old male, Ernie Blacksmith, with First Degree Murder in relation to this homicide. He was remanded into custody for a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 21, 2022, in Brandon.

Virden RCMP, along with RCMP Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services, continue to investigate.

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