Iqaluit death considered a murder-suicide


A 22-year-old Clyde River woman’s sudden death at the Tammaativvik Boarding Home March 6 was determined to be a homicide, according to RCMP.“During the course of the investigation, the woman’s domestic partner, a 31-year-old male was located deceased,” RCMP stated in a news release, noting the incident was considered a murder-suicide.

Police are not seeking other suspects.

The Nunavut Major Crime Unit conducted the comprehensive investigation, along with the RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the Nunavut Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office ordered autopsies.

“Our thoughts are with the families during this difficult time and grief counsellors have been made available through the Nunavut Crisis Response and Trauma Teams,” stated RCMP.

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.