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Victim identified in Monday's motel murder

Nicholas Wendal Baxter, 28, was killed on Monday at a motel on North Cumberland Street. Two people face charges in the incident.
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Thunder Bay Police were called to this room at a motel in the 400 block of Cumberland Street motel on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, where a 28-year-old male was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – City police have identified the victim of a Feb. 5 homicide at a motel on North Cumberland Street as 28-year-old Nicholas Wendal Baxter of Thunder Bay.

Police on Friday in a release also identified the second person charged in connection with the incident as Rachel Mary Moonias, 36. She is facing an accessory after the fact to murder charge and has been remanded into custody until Valentine’s Day.

On Wednesday Christopher Achneepineskum, 45, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Baxter’s death.

He appeared in court via video on Wednesday morning and was remanded into custody.

Achneepineskum will return to court on Feb. 15.