Canadian police on Wednesday arrested the second and last suspect in a stabbing spree in a remote indigenous community, two days after the first suspect was found dead, killing 10 and injuring 18.
“Miles Sanderson was taken into police custody and taken into police custody at around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon,” Saskatchewan State Police said. “There is no longer a risk to public safety related to this investigation.”
Massive searches for two brothers believed to be responsible for Sunday’s killings had spread across Canada’s vast prairie.
A search on Monday found the body of 31-year-old Damien Sanderson in a grassy field in the Cree community.
Officials said he was probably murdered by his 32-year-old brother, Miles Sanderson, who remained a fugitive until his arrest near the town of Rostern, Saskatchewan.
Miles Sanderson is also wanted for breach of parole in May after serving sentences for assault and robbery.
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With no known motive for the attacks, relatives of the victims spoke about their “nightmares” on Wednesday and sought answers from authorities.
Mark Arkind said the murders that claimed the lives of his sister Bonnie Burns, 48, and their 28-year-old son Gregory Burns, were “horrible, senseless acts”.
“We’re broken,” he said, describing feelings of anger and sadness. “It still feels like it’s a nightmare. It doesn’t feel real.”
“How did this happen to our family? Why did this happen? We have no answer,” he told a news conference. “We only know that our family members were killed in their own house, in their yard.”
Arkland recounts how her sister came out of their house to help her son, who was bleeding on his way home after being stabbed several times.
“She was stabbed twice, and she died right next to him,” he said. “She was trying to protect her son.”
He said a neighbor ran to try to stop the attackers, but he too was stabbed to death.
Family and community, Arkland said, “there’s a steep hill to climb, and we’re going to climb it together, in unison.”
The Saskatchewan Coroners Service has released the names of the deceased victims — six men and four women, aged 23 to 78.
All except one were members of the Cree community. The other was a widower who lived with his adult grandson in nearby Weldon.
Several tableaux were taken out on Wednesday evening.
Police said 17 adults and a young teenager were among those injured in the attack. Among them was another son of Bonnie Burns, who was stabbed in the neck.
Many of the dead were identified by families and friends on social media, including a veteran, an addictions counselor, and a mother of two who worked as a security guard at a local casino.
Police believe that some victims were targeted and some were attacked randomly.
Ten people – some of whom were airlifted on Sunday – are hospitalized, with three in critical condition, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Seven others have been discharged.
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