Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine Death: 3 Charged In Winnipeg Killing Of Tina Fontaine's Cousin

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WINNIPEG — Police have charged three men in the killing of a cousin of Tina Fontaine, a teenager whose death fuelled calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Police in Winnipeg say Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine, 29, was shot in March before the home she was in was set on fire.

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Winnipeg police say Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was shot and killed by three men.

She was later taken off life-support.

Const. Jay Murray said police believe the suspects went to the home looking for a man over a methamphetamine deal. Fontaine was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"She was not the intended victim in this matter,'' Murray said at a news conference Wednesday.

"These individuals came to the house looking for someone else. I want to make that clear.''

Malcolm Miles Mitchell is charged with second-degree murder and arson.

"These individuals came to the house looking for someone else. I want to make that clear.''

Jason Michael Meilleur is charged with manslaughter and Christopher Mathew Brass faces counts of manslaughter and arson.

Brass is also charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man who was shot in February.

Tina's death sparked national outcry

The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was discovered wrapped in a bag in the Red River in August 2014, eight days after she was reported missing.


Her death sparked a nationwide outcry, which helped lead to an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Raymond Cormier, 54, has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

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