The knife attacks that killed 10 among indigenous communities in Canada in September were carried out solely by one of the two suspected brothers, police said on Thursday (October 6).
Myles Sanderson was arrested on September 7 after a three-day hunt and died shortly after his arrest. Among the 11 people killed was his brother, Damien Sanderson, who was initially introduced as a second suspect before his body was found near one of the crime scenes.
“Myles committed all the murders alone”, said Rhonda Blackmore, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at a news conference. Eighteen other people were injured in the September 4 attacks in remote communities in the province of Saskatchewan — the Aboriginal community of the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon.
“Damien was involved in the planning of the attacks”but “not involved in any of the murders”said Rhonda Blackmore, who said the investigation continues to understand why certain victims were being targeted.
Police were able to determine that Myles and Damien Sanderson had been involved in and dealing drugs in the community the day before the attacks “Three violent clashes” youngest.
A community of frequent victims of homicide
Myles Sanderson, known to the police and judiciary for multiple acts of violence and theft, had been wanted since May for failing to respect judicial oversight.
Almost all of the victims between the ages of 23 and 78 are indigenous. They make up about 5% of Canada’s 38 million people and live in communities that are often affected by unemployment and poverty. They are also more likely to be victims of homicide.
In recent years, Canada has seen a series of events of rare violence for the country. Of “Tragedies That Have Become Too Common”lamented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the killings.
In April 2020, a gunman disguised as a police officer killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. In January 2017, six people were killed and five injured in attacks on a mosque in Quebec.