Each day for the rest of the year, 2day FM will be looking back on some of the biggest local stories of the year, as voted by our listeners. Here’s number 3:
At 3.46 per 100,000 residents, Grande Prairie’s homicide rate was higher than other major Alberta cities last year, and the number of murders doubled in 2015. There were six in the city and surrounding area, along with a fatal stabbing in Sexsmith.
18 year old Donald Moberly was killed at the Alamo Bar just after 1 a.m. on October 25th. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Jordan Joseph Wendland, who was arrested three days later and charged with second degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.
Earlier in the year, the remains of 25 year old Adrian Snider were found in a rural area outside Grande Prairie, more than a month after he was reported missing. Four people have been charged in connection with his death, including brothers Patrick and Dominic Decque, Tommy Paul, and Courtney McQuinn.
Most recently the bodies of missing women 24 year old Amber Dawn Diebert and 30 year old Jody Michelle Topilko were found within kilometres of each other west of Clairmont. Grande Prairie’s Mark Phillips has been charged with the double homicide, the second of the year.
On June 27th, 28 year old Abdifatah Mohamed Abdi and 32 year old Osman Mohamoud Hussein were fatally shot at an apartment building in the city. No arrest has been made in their deaths, or in the daytime shooting death of a man outside the Hillside Mac’s, whose name hasn’t been released.