A 31-year-old man from Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation south of Virden was killed at a Virden residence last Saturday afternoon and another 31-year-old has been charged with his murder. RCMP have arrested Cassidy Eagle, 31, of Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation, and charged him with Second Degree Murder. Eagle is remanded in custody.
Virden RCMP received a report of a man in medical distress on July 21 at about 1:15 p.m. When officers arrived, they found several people at the scene.
Police said the victim had injuries consistent with being in an altercation but did not elaborate on whether a weapon was used.He was pronounced deceased in hospital.
Virden RCMP, the major crime unit, and RCMP Forensic Identification Services assisted in the investigation.
Another blow for Canu
Many of the victim’s family and friends learned about his death while they were attending a powwow at Sioux Valley.
In fact, Canu had been planning its own powwow to take place over the August long weekend, but that has now been cancelled.
Chief Viola Eastman, aunt of the victim, said, “The whole community is grieving. We cancelled the powwow because we need time to grieve. It’s been a hard year.”
The homicide is just the latest in a string of tragedies to hit Canupawakpa.
Eastman says two young women committed suicide earlier this year. Then about three weeks ago, a 42-year-old resident died when his car rolled into the ditch on PTH 83.
Eastman says she has returned one of the monetary donations that were given to Canu for the powwow but they will keep the donation from SITE Energy and put it towards a healing celebration to take place later this summer or fall.
“We need to dance, sing and pray the spirit back into our people,” she said.