Saskatoon leads country in gang-related murders
Published Friday, December 20, 2013 1:10PM CST
Last Updated Saturday, December 21, 2013 1:29PM CST
Saskatoon’s rate of gang-related killings last year was higher than any other Canadian city, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
Saskatoon saw six murders in 2012. Five were gang related.
At least two of the gang-related killings saw victims who were not involved with gangs.
Lorry Anne Santos was gunned down by a member of the White Boy Posse who went to the wrong house and Macdonald George was killed outside a downtown night club as he tried to break up a fight.
Regina had the third highest rate of gang-related murders, with Thunder Bay falling between the two Saskatchewan cities.
Among all provinces, Saskatchewan had the most gang-affiliated murders with nearly triple the national rate — even though the 29 overall homicides were nine less than in 2011.
Canadian police recorded 543 homicides last year — 55 fewer than 2011.