Thunder Bay saw eight homicides in 2018, making it a contender once again for the murder capital of Canada.

The city earned the infamous title in 2016 with eight homicides and again in 2017 with seven reported murders according to data compiled by Statistics Canada.

The year’s first alleged homicide victim was 28-year-old Nicholas Wendal Baxter, who was found in a North Cumberland Street motel in the early morning of Feb. 5, 2018.

Baxter was taken to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced dead at the facility.

Christopher Achneepineskum, 45, of Thunder Bay was charged with first-degree murder and 36-year-old Rachel Mary Moonias was charged with accessory after the fact.

The city’s second alleged homicide took place later in February in the East End on McLaughlin Street. Police said at the time a 911 call from a woman was received around 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 26 requesting police and ambulance.

Officers arrived to find a deceased 63-year-old man and an injured 25-year-old woman.

Later that afternoon police released a photo of 31-year-old Charles Norman Casmey, stating he was a suspect in the homicide investigation.

He was arrested on March 2 after a brief standoff with city police in a McTavish Street residence.

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