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Assault victim dies of her injuries

Police say they expect to lay second-degree murder charges against 25-year-old suspect Peter Keeash.
Dufferin Street Scene
Thunder Bay Police keep watch over a Dufferin Street residence on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, where a woman the night before was found unresponsive and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – A woman found unresponsive earlier this week at a Dufferin Street apartment has died.

In a release issued on Thursday, Thunder Bay Police say the victim, who has not been identified pending notification of next-of-kin, succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. The victim had been taken to hospital with serious injuries after police arrived an apartment on the north-side street on Monday night at about 9 p.m.

Investigators are expected to change the charge from attempted murder to second-degree murder against 25-year-old suspect Peter Keeash, who remains behind bars.

Det. Insp. Ryan Hughes said Keeash and the victim did have a relationship but would not comment further.

According to a 2012 article in the Winnipeg Sun, Keeash was sentenced to five years in prison for a home invasion gone wrong that led to him being sliced in the stomach with his own machete. 

Hughes said an autopsy is expected to be conducted by the end of the week.

The investigation into the city’s sixth murder of 2018 continues.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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