Police upgrade Behchokǫ̀ investigation to homicide

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RCMP say they are now treating a death in Behchokǫ̀ on Monday as a homicide.

A man died in what police earlier termed "suspicious" circumstances during an incident in the community, though the exact nature of what happened has not been disclosed.

While police and the coroner have not formally identified the deceased, residents of Behchokǫ̀ say Archie Wedzin, a 59-year-old father of eight, died that day.

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"At this time, NT RCMP Major Crimes Unit have gathered information that indicates the investigation is now classified as a homicide," said police on Friday afternoon.

"No suspect has been charged in the case.

"NT RCMP is seeking further public assistance, asking anyone to come forward with observations they would have witnessed on Monday, April 8, between the hours of 8am and 11am in the residential area near the Kǫ Go Cho Complex."

In Canadian law, homicide can refer either to murder or manslaughter.

Murder is the act of killing someone with malice aforethought (in other words, the intent to kill or harm). Manslaughter is the act of killing someone where such malice aforethought is not proven to exist.

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"Our members are working very hard and looking at any possible leads to try to solve this case," said Inspector Amber Clark on behalf of RCMP in the NWT.

"Any information or observations could help our investigators. We ask local residents to contact Behchokǫ̀ RCMP or Crimestoppers if they saw suspicious activity on Monday, April 8."

Behchokǫ̀ RCMP can be reached at 867-392-1111 or Crimestoppers can be contacted at 1-800-222-8477.