Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family Says Cousin of Tina Fontaine Taken off Life-Support after Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family Says Cousin of Tina Fontaine Taken off Life-Support after Shooting

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Cousin of Tina Fontaine found shot: family

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WINNIPEG - Family members say a woman found shot in the back of the head in central Winnipeg this week is the cousin of Tina Fontaine, the teenage girl whose death fuelled calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Rhonda Flett, the aunt of Jeanenne Fontaine, said her 29-year-old niece was discovered Tuesday after a fire at the younger woman's home.

Flett said Fontaine was taken off life-support Wednesday morning. She died the same day.

Police confirm she was shot before the fire was deliberately set but autopsy results are pending.

Const. Jason Michalyshen, a police spokesman, said investigators are doing their best to find a suspect.

"We are on top of this. We are working hard to determine exactly what took place and why this occurred. …

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