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Second-degree murder charge laid in Wetaskiwin homicide

A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Ave. in Wetaskiwin.A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Ave. in Wetaskiwin. Morris Gamblin/Global News

A 22-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy in Wetaskiwin late last week.

At around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to a plaza in the area of 52 Street and 48 Avenue. The teenage boy, who has been identified as Nakoda Twoyoungmen, was found with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital, where he died.

READ MORE: Police investigating suspicious death of teen in Wetaskiwin

Police said Monday Twoyoungmen’s death has been determined a homicide, although the cause of his death was not released. Twoyoungmen lived on the Samson Cree Nation, police said.

Matthew Alexander Lightning, of Wetaskiwin, was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Avenue in Wetaskiwin. Morris Gamblin/Global News
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A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Ave. in Wetaskiwin.A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Ave. in Wetaskiwin. Morris Gamblin/Global News
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A police car, police tape and evidence markers can be seen near 5220 48 Avenue in Wetaskiwin. Morris Gamblin/Global News
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Police responded to a plaza in the area of 5220 48 Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, where they found the teenage boy. His death has been deemed suspicious. Morris Gamblin/Global News

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