Homicide detectives investigate death of 16-year-old girl
Published Monday, July 2, 2012 10:44AM MDT Last Updated Monday, July 2, 2012 6:32PM MDT
Police are investigating what they call a human tragedy, after a 16-year-old girl died from a violent incident at a north end home Monday.
Police were called to a duplex in the area of 125 Street and 127 Avenue just before 5 a.m. where they found a 16-year-old girl in medical distress at the residence.
The girl was treated and transported to hospital where she later died.
Police are treating the teenager’s death as suspicious and homicide detectives are investigating.
“It’s unfolding to be a significant human tragedy,” said Insp. Malcolm Allan with the Edmonton Police Service.
“The circumstances of her injuries were of a violent nature.”
Police say several people were home at the time of the incident.
They’ve taken some in for questioning but will not confirm if any are suspects.
“There are several people that we have with us right now, we’re still trying to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this event,” Allan said. “To say that they’re in custody, we have someone under arrest for this right now, would be premature.”
Investigators do not believe the victim lived at the home.
Neighbours say two large families live in the duplex and there was a steady stream of children and teenagers who passed through.
“I know there’s quite a few kids there, between the two places you pretty much just see kids running around,” said neighbour Rebecca Grant.
“You see a lot of traffic coming in and out.”
Grant says she’s shocked to hear of the teenager’s death.
“It’s a tragedy,” she said. “Her life was taken too soon.”
A date for an autopsy has not yet been determined.
With files from Jessica Earle