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Ottawa police launch task force to review unsolved homicides


April 12, 2021
By Canadian Press

April 12, 2021 – Ottawa police have launched a task force to review what they say are multiple unsolved homicide cases.

The force says the victims are primarily young men from marginalized communities, but won’t identify the victims or say how many cases are being reviewed.

And while each case is unique, police say they will also look into the possibility that some are linked, noting several involved gun violence.

The force says improving public trust is one of the goals of the task force, which will be led by the homicide unit.

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It says updates will be provided as progress is made.

Police Chief Peter Sloly says officers have continued to investigate leads in these cases.

“We will never forget the victims of homicides and all of these cases remain active. We have been meeting with and working with the families and loved ones of the victims to offer them support and ensure these crimes are solved,” he said in a statement.

“This new task force is the next step in our mission to solve these homicides, support the victim’s families, hold the perpetrators accountable and improve the safety of all affected communities.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.