22-year-old Savanna Pikuyak, an Inuk woman from Nunavut, was pronounced dead on Sunday at her home near Algonquin College in Ottawa. First responders responded to a 911 call just after 10 am, but she was dead by the time they arrived.
33-year-old Nikolas Ibey has already turned himself in to Ottawa Police. According to sources close to the situation, he was Pikuyak‘s roommate. This is not Ibey’s first brush with the legal system. According to his ex-girlfriend, Lori Roche, she “feared for her life” because of Ibey. He had recently served a 45-day jail sentence for breaking into her home and threatening her life.
Savanna Pikuyak moved from Nunavut to Ottawa on Thursday in order to take part in the Nunavut Sivuniksavut post-secondary program, which is specifically designed for Inuit youth.
A vigil is being held tomorrow night at 7 pm outside of her home in Ottawa, 34 Woodvale Green. For more information, please click here.
Image Credit: Sheba Pikuyak