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Man charged in 2015 MMIWG-related killing of Krystal Andrews

March 22, 2018 4:38 PM
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Man charged in 2015 MMIWG-related killing of Krystal Andrews

Michael William Okemow, 37, of Gods Lake Narrows, faces 2nd-degree murder count, RCMP announce

Manitoba RCMP have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the killing of Krystal Andrews, a young mother found dead in God's Lake First Nation in 2015.

Michael William Okemow, from Gods Lake Narrows, Man., has been charged with second-degree murder.

"Krystal's life was taken tragically and far too soon," said Manitoba RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody at a news conference Thursday.

"To the family of Krystal, we are so sorry for your loss and we sincerely hope that this arrest will help you on your road to healing."

Andrews, 22, was last heard from in November 2015 when she called her fiancé to tell him she was on her way home from a friend's house in God's Lake, a community 545 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Manitoba RCMP say she died from a "serious assault," and the found DNA evidence that linked Okemow to the murder.

Andrews's body was found on Nov. 9, 2015 in what was described as an isolated area.

She was profiled in CBC's project, Missing and Murdered, a database that chronicles the lives and last days of Indigenous girls and women who have either disappeared or been found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Her death was devastating, family told CBC at the time. She was set to marry her high school sweetheart, Terry White, the following year. The couple had been together for nine years, had two children and fostered three other children.

Her mother, Beverley Andrews, said Krystal was kind and loving to everyone.

"She had a lot of friends, she had a lot of family," she said following the discovery of her body in 2015.

Andrews went by "Krystal" with friends and family, but her given name was spelled Crystal.


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