First homicide of 2022: a routine call leads to the discovery of the body inside a building


Curtis Kanayok was arrested for second degree murder and appeared in court Monday morning.

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It’s a routine call for a guy who passed out in the lobby of a public apartment building on Russell Road.

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Ottawa police were called at 1:15 a.m. Monday, and patrol officers arrived three minutes later, woke the drunken man and began showing him his apartment a few floors up.

As they escorted Curtis Kanayok, 31, to his sleeping unit, officers spotted what appeared to be blood splattering on the man’s clothes, police said.

And when they opened the door to her apartment at 2080 Russell Rd., There was blood everywhere, police said.

They found Silasie Pillaktuaq, 34, dead on the floor in the apartment. He had been stabbed to death.

Kanayok was arrested for second degree murder and appeared in court Monday morning to be brought to justice at the Elgin Street courthouse.

No details of the case were read in court on Monday, a holiday at the provincial courthouse.

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Police have not publicly disclosed a theory on the mobile. Kanayok has been in jail since his arrest on Monday shortly after 1:18 a.m.

Pillaktuaq’s knife death is the first homicide in Ottawa in 2022.

The accused killer remains in jail and is prohibited from contacting two people, according to a court order issued on Monday.

Police seized the accused’s clothes for forensic analysis and are awaiting DNA results.

Ottawa police notified the next of kin on Monday.

The accused killer is represented by defense lawyer Rob McGowan. He declined to comment on the details of the case as he awaits disclosure.

“I’ve been representing Curtis for about 10 years now. His involvement in the criminal justice system has always been on the less serious side of the spectrum, ”said McGowan.

“The next step for Curtis and I is to review the police investigation and resume it from there,” the attorney said.

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