It has been a busy month for the Calgary Police Service’s Homicide Investigations Unit.
Since December 15, there have been a total of four homicides within the city, though only two charges laid so far, as investigations are ongoing.
December 15 saw the discovery of 58-year-old Mahmoud Aburashed’s body, who police believe was killed in the morning of December 13.
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A CPS release states that Aburashed was found during a check on welfare, and police have arrested and charged both 32-year-old Allen McCabe and 33-year-old Megan Springstead with one count each of first-degree murder.
It is believed that Aburashed, McCabe, and Springstead had all been roommates, and that the motive “is linked to money owed in relations to drugs.”
On December 26, police responded to reports of shots being fired at 16th Avenue and Home Road NW, where they found the body of 23-year-old Farah Handule.
The Ontario man was believed to have been in Calgary since December 24, though no updates have been made in the investigations since the initial release.
On December 27, Calgary Police Service officers responded to a call reporting a “disturbance between two downstairs occupants” made by the upstairs tenant of a four-plex building on the 2500 block of 9th Street SE.
When officers arrived, they found a deceased man in his 40s and a 39-year-old man, who was promptly taken into custody.
Charges are pending, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
On December 30, police responded to reports of shots being fired on the 100 block of Rundlemere Road NE at around 3:45 am, though when police arrived at the scene, no one was there.
However, two shooting victims were dropped off at hospital a short while later, according to police. The two men, both in their 20s, were in critical condition, and one succumbed to his injuries.
Police believe that this had been a targeted shooting, though “at this time there is nothing to indicate it is connected to the Boxing Day shooting,” which police also believe to have been a targeted attack resulting in the death of Handule.
All of the above homicides remain under investigation, and the Calgary Police Service is asking anyone with information on any of the incidents to contact their non-emergency line of 403-266-1234.
Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or through their website.