Officers continued to investigate 13 separate crime scenes in the James Smith Cree Nation Reserve. And in the nearby village of Weldon, brothers Damien and Miles Sanderson have been accused of carrying out the Sunday massacre in the United States.
Police said Monday that Damien Sanderson’s body was found in a “highly grassy area” on the James Smith Cree Nation, about 300 miles north of the US-Canada border. He was 31. They were looking for 30-year-old Miles Sanderson, who they said Monday has an “extensive and lengthy criminal record” and could be injured.
Miles Sanderson was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Damian Sanderson was charged with first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder before his body was found. Both men were charged with breaking and entering and additional charges could be laid, RCMP said.
The attacks began Sunday morning when police received a call about a stabbing in the James Smith Cree Nation, an indigenous community of 1,800 people about 200 miles north of the provincial capital, Regina.
On Monday, 10 people died and 18 were injured, including four who were hospitalized in critical condition.
Officials have released few details about the victims. Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore of the Saskatchewan RCMP said some appeared to be targeted and others were attacked at random. He said they included men and women of “a wide range of ages”. The youngest was born in 1999.
Gloria Burns, 62, an addiction counselor with the James Smith Cree Nation, was identified by her brothers as one of the victims. They told local media that she responded to an emergency call during the killing spree and died along with other victims.
“Where can she go to such a situation [she was] Helping people, even if it cost her her life … that’s who she was,” her brother Darryl Burns told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Another victim was identified by the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association as Earl Burns, who served in the Canadian Army’s Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment.
The mother, Lana Head, has been identified as the victim by her ex-partner, Michael Brett Burns, according to local media. “Many good memories to cherish,” he wrote in a Facebook post the day before the attack. At his side were photos of his dog Daisy sipping Tim Hortons and tipping off friends about deals at the local grocery store.
“I already miss her voice,” friend Melody Whitecap wrote in a Facebook post. “She’s a sweet, gentle soul, and she wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Weldon residents identified 77-year-old Wes Peterson as a “nice” guy who kept a close eye on the community. Ruby Works told Global News that she has known him since childhood and that he is like an uncle to her.
“When I learned that my friend had been killed, I hit the ground,” he said. “Why come in and kill an innocent person who has done nothing? He doesn’t deserve this.