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  • ‘A Dark Cloud’ Descends on Community Following Woman’s Death in Conne River

    (Chantel John courtesy Miawpukek First Nation via Facebook.)

    The Chief, council and community of Conne River are asking people to wear red tomorrow in memory of Chantel John who was murdered in the community last night.

    RCMP are investigating what they’re calling the suspicious death of a young woman in the south coast community after being called to a home around 9:30.

    RCMP remain on the scene. Major Crimes and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have joined the investigation.

    The victim was well-known in the tight-knit community.

    One resident describes it as like a ‘dark cloud’ having descended upon the community.

    Sagimaw Mi’sel Joe says community buildings have been opened up for members of the victim’s family and others who want to commune with each other and talk.

    He offers his thanks to the “incredible team” from the clinic who are doing what they can to help those who are hurting and in shock.

    Chief Joe says he’s stuck in St. John’s due to bad weather, but is taking the time to reach out to and speak with students from Conne River going to school in the capital city who may want to talk.

    In a post to the council’s Facebook page, they say last night’s incident and the pain it has caused has “hit home” that the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women has no boundaries.

    They’re asking that everyone wear red tomorrow in memory of Chantel and all murdered and missing Indigenous women.

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