NEWS
06/08/2011 05:51 EDT | Updated 08/08/2011 05:12 EDT

Bodies Found In Iqaluit: RCMP Discover Four Dead

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CBC -- The four bodies discovered — one at a graveyard and three in a home — in "connected" cases in the northern community of Iqaluit are two adults and two children, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

"We can confirm two children are involved and two adults at this point," Sgt. Jimmy Akavak of the RCMP's Nunavut detachment told CBC News.

"We're trying to notify family members outside of Iqaluit and locally, and staying away from releasing any names at this point."

Students and parents are receiving counselling at Joamie Ilinniarvik elementary school after the discovery Tuesday of the bodies.

RCMP in the Nunavut capital of about 7,000 people have confirmed few other details, and plan to release more information later Wednesday.

But a teacher told CBC News that a student at the school is one of the four victims.

Police were called to the cemetery late Tuesday afternoon after the man's body was found. A firearm was also discovered near the body.

A short time later, police were called to a home in the city's Tundra Valley subdivision and found three more bodies.

The two cases are connected, according to RCMP who cordoned off the areas of both crime sites.

No names or circumstances surrounding the deaths have been released.

"The circumstances of the deaths are under investigation by the Iqaluit detachment, forensic identification services and the major crime unit,” a press release says.