Austin Passes Away in Hospital, Second Homicde of 2020


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Thunder Bay Police Service are expected to lay murder charges on 19-year-old Cody Echum along with his co-accused a 14-year-old youth who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were en route to a reported break and enter in the 300 block of Syndicate Avenue North just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.


Officers arrived in the area and located footprints in the freshly fallen snow, which were suspected to be linked to the original call for service. Police followed the footprints and located two male suspects.

Further investigation led officers to discover that an 18-year-old male had been the victim of an assault at the Syndicate Avenue North residence.

The male victim was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for further treatment of his life-threatening injuries.


TRCC News later discovered that the homicide vicitm, Austin, had just received his land claim settlement. Allegations are that the two suspects broke into his home and beat him with a bat and hammer. He is believed to have been attacked while he was sleeping.

Austin’s mother awoke and discovered Austin bloodied and unconscious on the ground. That is when the 911 call was made and paramedics rushed him to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he later died.

Austin was a well-loved member of the community with an abundance of friends and family who loved him. He was not friends with Echum or the youth.


6 Replies to “Austin Passes Away in Hospital, Second Homicde of 2020”

  1. this is just heartbreaking ,my condolances to the family of this young man. Austin you have earned your wings so fly high with the Angels gone but never to be forgotten..

  2. A tragic ending to a young man’s life at the hands of these uncivilized psycho murderers.

    These two punks need to have their heads read. To carry out such a bloodthirsty, brutal killing, I’m certain they have serious mental problems. Probably “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” brain damage. If so, these two pricks will walk with very little punishment.

    Unfortunately Gladue will be swinging into action to mitigate any punishment they might receive. Likely a couple weeks in a healing lodge and prohibition of being in possession of baseball bats and hammers.

    Anyone heard anything from Alvin Fiddler? ……. No?……. Nothing???

  3. Sincere sympathy for Austins family. The enormous heartbreak they are experiencing because of a couple of filthy turds must be unimaginable. I hope Austins family knows that the community is also greiving with them. I also hope Karma is checking the list to deliver a suitable payback for the two POS responsible for this hurt.

  4. This beyond disgusting and very upsetting!! My heart goes out to the family and to everyone that loves him as I’m so sorry for your loss . I noticed the rosary around his hand😢 Our Lord Jesus Christ will welcome him and take very special care of him ❤.

    As for the 2 animals that did this to him…I wish Canada would bring back the gallows because these 2 don’t deserve to live! It’s times like this where the powers that be need to sit down and consider bringing back capital punishment, also known as the Death Penalty because murderers have no business being on the face of this earth.


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