The Winnipeg Mother Who Lost Her 12-Year-Old Son Tries To Stay Strong


Joni Gabriel is mourning the loss of Sanchez Boulanger, a 12-year-old who was fatally stabbed to death. Sanchez was fatally wounded in a violent altercation Friday night in north-central Winnipeg.

“I’m trying to be strong for my kids, but at the same time, I just feel like I don’t even want to be here anymore, you know what I mean? I feel like it should have been me.” Gabriel said.

She added:

“But I know I have to be strong for my kids so I’m trying to do that.”

Const. Jay Murray stated that the police doesn’t have enough information to resolve the case. On Friday, two groups got into an altercation on Burrows Avenue, near Main Street, on Friday night. During the incident, the boy got stabbed to death. An off-duty nurse helped the officers to care for the boy until the ambulance arrived.

Despite being rushed to the hospital, the boy died. The police believe that the incident was not gang-related. Joni says that Sanchez was a kind boy with a good heart. She remembers every moment spent with him:

“He was a good boy, and I just feel like he should have never died that young, for a 12-year-old. He always wanted to make them spicy noodles.”

She also said that he was spending more time with his friends recently:

“I don’t want to say I was always on his back, but I always had talks with him about not hanging around certain kids, don’t trust these people. Why are you following those boys around? And he says he’s not following them. I was worried all the time for him … because people were bullying him online on Instagram and Facebook and all that.”

Joni said that she wants justice for her boy. For now, the police are not revealing any information about the case. It remains to see how the investigation is going as the police will probably release more information soon.


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