It’s been a busy end to the week for police officers in Ottawa, as two people have been found dead in the city in less than 24 hours. After a man was killed on Thursday night, police are now investigating a second suspected murder, after another man’s body was discovered on Friday evening. Now, Ottawa’s murders in 2019 are on the rise, and the city could be on track for another year of unusually high homicide rates.
According to a report from CTV News Ottawa, the city’s Major Crime Unit discovered a man’s body at around 5 p.m. on Friday night. Police attended the scene at an apartment building on Sidney Street, but the individual was declared dead upon arrival.
This comes less than 24 hours after another man was killed on Thursday night. 39-year-old Austin Simon was stabbed on Murray Street, near King Edward Avenue, on the evening of Halloween. He was transported to hospital by Ottawa Paramedics, but later died of his injuries.
In several posts on their official Twitter account, police in Ottawa confirmed that they are now investigating both of the suspected homicides.
Homicide on Murray Street https://t.co/GiVYhHqAmH #ottnews— Ottawa Police (@Ottawa Police)1572620858.0
Major Crime is investigating a homicide on the 0 to 100 block of Sidney St. Officers attended the address at about… https://t.co/b7LnHQ0UKu— Ottawa Police (@Ottawa Police)1572653340.0
After having an unusually high number of homicides in 2018, Ottawa Police will have been hoping for a slightly quieter 2019.
However, after two murders in just 24 hours, it’s possible that the 2019 total could still exceed last year’s statistics. In 2018, Ottawa city dealt with 17 killings, an increase from 14 murders in 2017.
However, according to CBC News reporter Kimberley Molina, Ottawa has already had 11 homicides in 2019, with two months still to go until the year is up.
This is the 11th homicide of the year in Ottawa. Just over a third (four total) have happened in the ByWard Market.… https://t.co/ZS07SBBFrj— Kimberley Molina (@Kimberley Molina)1572607575.0
While this sounds like a lot, Ottawa still has a comparatively low crime rate when compared with other big Canadian cities.
In the same year that Ottawa had an unusually high 17 murders, Toronto had a whopping 142, Montreal had 47 and Vancouver had 44.
Police in Ottawa continue to investigate Thursday and Friday night’s murders.
There have been no arrests at this time.