HALIFAX – Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk Student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, will not be soon forgotten. She was writing her University thesis on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women across Canada last week when she herself became another number to add to the more than 800 names already on the statistic sheet.
Her body was found on the side of a New Brunswick highway after disappearing February 13.
A vigil is being planned in the memory of Saunders and for a call for a national inquiry into hundreds of cold case files still unsolved and in many cases not even investigated.
In this case, police did quickly locate and arrest two suspects.
Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, are currently behind bars in Halifax, each is facing a charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
They were Saunders’ roommates.
“Investigators have identified suspects in this homicide and they are not looking for anyone else,” Const. Pierre Bourdages told CBC News. “This homicide investigation is ongoing and charges are anticipated.”
Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association in Halifax, isn’t stopping with the arrest of the suspects in the Saunders case, and is helping organize the broader event set for this Wednesday, on Parliament Hill.