Tragedy on Nikku Street

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A man and a woman have both died after what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, Iqaluit RCMP responded to a weapons-related incident, according to a news release.

“Witnesses reported observing a female being chased by a male with a knife on Nikku Lane in Iqaluit. Reports indicate the male stabbed the female then himself before being transported to Qikiqtani General Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries,” the RCMP stated.

“Autopsies have been ordered. The police are not seeking any other individuals in relation to this investigation.”

RCMP Nunavut Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation, along with RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the Nunavut Coroner’s Office.

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

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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.