RCMP are working with the Halifax Regional Police to determine if the death of 26-year-old Tylor McInnis is connected to a rash of shootings in the Halifax and North Preston areas last spring.
“There are ongoing investigations taking place right now and again we look at all of the facts to see if there is any connection to each one. That’s something our investigators will be looking into,” said RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.
McInnis’s body was discovered in the trunk of a stolen car in St. Thomas Baptist Church Cemetery in North Preston on Tuesday.
Police have yet to make an arrest or release a cause of death. But RCMP don’t believe the killing was a random act.
Anti-violence activist fed up
Local anti-violence activist Quentrel Provo says this latest death is devastating, while stressing that violence in the city needs to end.
“I’ve been fed up. I’ve been fed up since the first homicide,” Provo said.
“I’m frustrated and upset to know that another family has to go through this process and the hurt and pain they have to deal with, not just now, but it will last a lifetime.”
Provo himself is from North Preston. He says he feels for the community that once again has its name associated with a homicide.
“We don’t want it to be a mark on the community as a whole. I just want us to figure out solutions to this problem we’ve been having. We also need to focus on the positive things we do have in the community,” said Provo.
In the wake of McInnis’s death, Provo is asking people to stand up against violence once again.
Homicide victim known to police
McInnis was known to police. The 26-year-old was previously sentenced to three years in jail for possessing a firearm during a traffic stop in 2011.
He also had a conviction for intimidation connected to a stabbing that same year.
McInnis’s death is the eighth homicide in metro Halifax this year.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between Monday and Tuesday before 11 a.m. is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020 or anonymously at crimestoppers.ns.ca.