The Pinoy community in Winnipeg has been shaken again by a random shooting that led to the death of 53-year-old, Joselito Fernandez. It happened just over a month after a 17-year-old, Jaime “Jimboy” Adao, died in a home invasion in Winnipeg last March.
Joselito was found shot in the chest around the area of Selkirk Avenue on April 18. He was pronounced dead in the hospital.
His family was shocked when they heard the news because they haven’t seen him for weeks. They were under the impression that he was just on a trip to Ontario. After weeks of waiting since the incident, his family and friends were finally able to see him at the wake.
The culprit turned out to be a 16-year-old Winnipeg teenager who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, as well as charges of failure to comply with conditions and possession of a firearm/ammunition despite a prohibition order.
The two incidents have caused major concerns and worries among many Filipinos about safety in the city. Rooted in the Filipino culture of bayanihan, many kababayans initiated watch groups, volunteering to patrol different areas of the city to boost safety and prevent more crimes.
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