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Police identify St. Boniface woman allegedly killed by neighbour

Police have charged a 35-year-old neighbour in death of Dorothy Dykens, 89, on Tremblay Street in St. Boniface.
Police have charged a 35-year-old neighbour in death of Dorothy Dykens, 89, on Tremblay Street in St. Boniface. Riley McDermid / Global News

WINNIPEG – Dorothy Dykens, 89, was the woman slain in St. Boniface on the weekend, Winnipeg police said Wednesday. Neighbour Melissa Joyce Gabriel has been charged with her killing.

Police first went to the neighbourhood at 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they received a call from Gabriel, 35, who lives on Tremblay Street. Gabriel was found at her home, drunk, and with an injured dog, who was taken to a veterinary hospital.

Police then canvassed the area and found Dykens dead in a nearby home.

READ MORE: Winnipeg police charge woman with manslaughter in St. Boniface slaying

Police allege that sometime late Saturday or very early Sunday Gabriel, who knew Dykens, went to the older woman’s home and stabbed her multiple times. She then went home and attacked the dog, police say.

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Gabriel is charged with manslaughter, killing or injuring other animals and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. She is being held in custody.