Police comb area for clues in weekend death of 21-year-old man
Published Monday, April 2, 2012 4:31PM CST
Officers from the identification unit searched for evidence on Balmoral Street Monday, close to where Johnathen Felix's body was found Saturday night.
Police and emergency crews were called March 31 to the 200 block of Balmoral Street. The body of Johnathen James Felix, 21, was located just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a yard behind a wooden fence.
Hours before his body was found, police were called to a nearby location for reports of gunshots.
Police can't yet say if the shooting call and the discovery hours later of Felix's body are linked.
"It does appear that the injuries would be consistent to a gunshot wound but whether or not where that happened is something that we're still investigating," said Const. Natalie Aitken with Winnipeg police.
Investigators are not ruling out a link to gangs or drugs, but those who know Felix said there's no way he'd be mixed up in that.
Family and friends said Felix had just returned from B.C. where he graduated from high school and had planned to attend the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
"He was trying to do something," said Dolly Felix, his aunt. "He wasn't a deadbeat. He was adventurous."
Loved ones set up a memorial at the site where Felix, an aspiring model, died.
A vigil at the site is slated to be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
Police continue to investigate Felix's death and ask anyone with information to contact investigators at 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477.
- with a report from CTV's Caroline Barghout