(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.