The murdered body of Aboriginal teen Tina Fontaine was found stuffed in a bag in Red River, according to this Tuesday news report. She was reported missing on Aug. 9 after only being in Winnipeg for about a month at the time of her disappearance. So it's hard to tell what her circle of friends was like in this area where she had only recently taken residence. While it's known that most crimes against women are committed by romantic partners and acquaintances, this was a 15-year-old girl -- a child who's been described as "a petite little thing."
The details surrounding her death are sparse, but officials say that she didn't put herself in the water. She was reportedly found wrapped in a bag and in a condition that "she couldn't have put herself in," according to Sgt. John O'Donovan. It was apparently more than clear from the moment her body was found that detectives would be dealing with a gruesome homicide. He also said the following:
"She's definitely been exploited and taken advantage of, murdered and put into the river in this condition."
His words indicate that she may have been assaulted in some manner before she was killed -- perhaps sexually assaulted, since "taken advantage of" and "exploited" tend to be rather descriptive terms when talking about a young female victim. Since there are no suspects in this case yet, what are the odds that this person is responsible for other similar crimes? O'Donovan's words also indicate that she was attacked and killed by multiple people. This Huffington Post report also indicates that more than one person may have taken part in the girl's slaying. This quote alludes to the possibility:
"There are only a handful of people who know how Fontaine died, including those responsible for her death."
Whoever is responsible for Tina Fontaine's death -- whether it be one or more people -- it's hopeful that detectives give this slain Aboriginal teen the attention she deserves. Canada hasn't always had the best track record when it comes to investigating and solving crimes against Aboriginal people -- especially the women. It would be downright shameful to allow this teen's murder to go unsolved like so many others.